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  • Batten Down the Hatches! Comprehensive, New Study Confirms: No ‘Gay’Gene’

    Surge Summary: A fresh, comprehensive study confirms there is no one, identifiable in-born source of homosexual behavior. Whether that conclusion will change the minds of those who’ve been maintaining otherwise remains to be seen.

    Underscoring what lots of folks have been saying for quite a while now, the headline on a recent PJ Media column by Matt Margolis blares something bound to stir up its share of animosity:

    “There Is No ‘Gay Gene,’ Comprehensive Scientific Study Finds”

    Recent polls have shown that most Americans believe that homosexuals are “born that way” rather than become gay as the result of environmental factors. In fact, perpetuating the belief that sexual orientation is innate has been crucial to the gay rights movement. According to the most recent Gallup Poll on the subject, 88 percent of people who believe homosexuals are “born that way” support the legality of same-sex marriage, while only 39 percent of those who believe homosexuality is the result of environmental factors support the legality of same-sex marriage.

    In other words, pro-gay propaganda has proven stunningly effective.

    So, what happens when science proves that homosexuals aren’t “born that way”? asks Margolis.

    Perhaps we’ll find out. A new comprehensive scientific study of the biological roots of sexual orientation released Thursday proved that there no “gay gene” and that genetic factors are insignificant in determining sexual orientation.

    The research looked at data on DNA and sexual experiences from almost half a million people – a sizable cohort. What was found? Thousands of genetic variants linked to homosexual activity, most of them with very small effects.

    The researchers reveal a paltry number of the genetic markers were “significantly” associated with same-sex behavior. Even there, these are hardly predictive of a person’s sexual preferences.

    “We scanned the entire human genome and found a handful – five to be precise – of locations that are clearly associated with whether a person reports in engaging in same-sex sexual behavior,” said Andrea Ganna, a biologist at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Finland who co-led the research.

    According to Ganna, these genetic variances have “a very small effect” on sexual behavior, and combined, only explain “considerably less than 1% of the variance in the self-reported same-sex sexual behavior.” This means that non-genetic factors, including environment, upbringing, personality, and nurture “are far more significant in influencing a person’s choice of sexual partner, just as with most other personality, behavioral and physical human traits,” according to the researchers.

    The findings are supremely consistent with what we know/observe about the rest of human nature and lifestyles of varying kinds. Everything around individual people affects them, their choices, their responses – the manner in which they ultimately conduct themselves. The topic of “nature vs. nurture” has been subject of debate and many a study for many years. As applied to the question of the origins of homosexuality,

    “Previous studies were small and underpowered,” according to Ganna. “So we decided to form a large international consortium and collected data for (almost) 500,000 people, (which) is approximately 100 times bigger than previous studies on this topic.”

    Will the release of this comprehensive study finally put this issue to rest? Margolis queries.

    Ha!

    It’s a given that, whether addressing issues like global warming, abortion, marriage and family, or sexual concerns, facts often prove futile when attempting to move the secularist Left.

    Past studies have done little to shift public opinion on this. But, the size and comprehensive nature of this new study ought to crush the “born that way” myth. What is the LGBT lobby to do? It appears they are trying to spin this study as reaffirming to their beliefs. “This new research also re-confirms the long-established understanding that there is no conclusive degree to which nature or nurture influence how a gay or lesbian person behaves,” said Zeke Stokes, the chief programs officer of the gay rights group GLAAD. Clearly, there will be a lot of denial from groups like GLAAD and the left that this new study completely undermined the foundation of the gay rights movement.

    Sure, Zeke. And mathematics teaches us that 2 + 2 = 17.34.

    The Rainbow Lobby’s intransigence doesn’t mean the truth shouldn’t be heralded. We just need to be prepared to keep speaking up when we proclaim reality, and the reality-deniers persist in ignoring it.

    H/T PJ Media/Matt Margolis

    Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay.


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