Gay Guy Under Fire for Suggesting Sexual Orientation is a Choice

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I recently read an interesting article from National Review, “Gay by Genes or by Choice?“.  The question itself stirring up controversy isn’t news, but something that did surprise me was reading about the liberal uproar over an article written by a man named Brandon Ambrosino.

Brandon is a 28-year-old gay man who was recently hired by The Washington Post to write for  You’d think the left would be thrilled by the hire, but they’re not.  Though gay he may be, he believes that CHOICE may influence sexual orientation.

Oh yes, he went there.

In an article for New Republic titled “I Wasn’t Born This Way. I Choose to Be Gay. Macklemore sends the wrong LGBT message in ‘Same Love”, Ambrosino writes,

“Many people do feel as if their sexuality is something they were born with, and I have no reason to disbelieve them, but as I and other queer persons will readily confirm, there are other factors informing our sexualities than simply our genetic codes.”

And that’s the no-no right there.  Of course, we’re all aware by now, that any heterosexual person making that claim will get them an immediate social stoning, but it surprises me a little that even a gay man is getting criticism for his view.  He didn’t even discount the ‘born gay’ theory!  In fact, his point was kind of…urging gay people to be proud of their choice – not apologize for it as if they had nothing to do with it.

Ambrosino went on to say,

“The aversion to that word [choice] in our community stems from belief that if we can’t prove that our gayness is biologically determined, then we won’t have grounds to demand equality.”

Extremely insightful, isn’t it?

Deroy Murdock, in a piece for National Review, said, “the idea that gay people must be “born that way” in order to assert equal rights is rubbish.”

I’m a Bible-believing, conservative Christian, so obviously, I stand for traditional marriage.  I was just a little surprised that our freedom of speech in this country is SO under attack that the “tolerant left” can’t even tolerate someone ON THEIR SIDE who has an ever-so-slightly differing opinion.  Apparently if one of their own says anything that opposes their agenda, they get thrown under the bus too.

It’s a very sad thing that freedom of speech is so close to extinction.  It’s a very sad thing that Americans aren’t rallying around freedom anymore -but rather, promoting their personal politics.  What we all should be fighting for is preserving an American’s freedom to worship as he/she pleases, say what he/she pleases, run his/her business as he/she sees fit, etc.  Upholding the Constitution is the way to do that.



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  • Azsteve53

    Of course the author is correct. The claim of being born homosexual has been falsified beyond salvage. If this is something that is genetic and therefore beyond your control then the ability to switch sexual orientation disappears.

    The fact is there are thousands of former homosexuals as well as heterosexuals around and then bi-sexuals who appear to be both. Sexual orientation can be switched, seemingly at will be some.

    This is empirical evidence that falsifies that premise. The person who claims genetic has failed. The evidence will not support genetic as a stand alone claim

    • Richard E Myers

      Amen they only use that as a means of trying to justify to theirselves the inevitable that its their choise not genetics

  • aemoreira81

    From a scientific perspective, that sexual orientation is a choice has really been thrown into doubt through recent research in lower mammals…although this same research also all but rules out the presence of a gay gene. Think in terms of random gene methylation…which is not encoded for in DNA, but which will silence or enhance the expression of certain hormones that are critical in determining sexual orientation. This would also suggests that sexuality isn’t cut-and-dried (i.e., one can be many degrees of bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual).

    Brandon Ambrosio may actually be wrong…and that is overlooked.

  • razzy1492

    Just ask any gay if he choses to be straight he would say no. So this proves that choice is a factor. There is no gay in ones DNA.

  • Strength_Honor

    Clearly, homosexuality runs contrary to nature’s design, which revolves around reproduction and survival of the species. It is possible some of us are born with genetics that reverse this priority, but the likelihood and resulting frequency are very low. Furthermore, such genetics are even less likely to be passed on.

    It may be possible homosexuality can have a genetic factor, but given the numbers, it’s difficult to claim choice is not a more significant factor.