Homosexuality & Choice: Are Gay People ‘Born This Way?’

Are gay people born this way? It isn’t uncommon for the answer to support the moral choice of the person answering. A person who opposes homosexuality is likely to answer that no one is born homosexual and that sexual preference is a choice, while a person who supports homosexuality might be more likely to answer that people are born gay and have no choice in the matter. What is science’s take on the question? Many twin and adoption studies have shown that there is a genetic component to sexual preference. Genes do not control a person’s behavior, however; environment plays a large part in human behavior as well.

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