A new study should convince academics and the general public that there is no "homosexual gene."
Two distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University have released a lengthy, three-part report concluding that there's not sufficient evidence to prove homosexuals and transgenders are born in that condition – in other words, there is no "gay gene."
"The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings – the idea that people are 'born that way' – is not supported by scientific evidence," states the executive summary.
"The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex – that a person might be 'a man trapped in a woman's body' or 'a woman trapped in a man's body' – is not supported by scientific evidence," it adds.
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Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality offers his comments on the report to OneNewsNow.
"Homosexual activists have been desperate to try to say they're 'born that way' because they believe this absolves them of their moral responsibility for their sexual behavior," he shares. "And they know that if the public believes that people are – quote – 'born gay,' then the public is much more accepting of homosexual activism. And that's exactly what we've seen in the culture."
Heritage Foundation expert Melonie Wood points out the report is based on science, not politics, hence the scholars don't have a political point of view.
"They're just coming at it to try to find the real science on these issues," she observes, "and try to find the truth on these issues."
The report itself doesn't offer any suggestions or solutions but Woods says its findings touch on current events. For example, the Obama administration announced earlier this year that public schools must allow students who identify as transgender to use opposite-sex restrooms and showers.
The report indirectly addresses that issue, says Wood, since it states that only a minority of children who identify as cross gender will continue to do some into adolescence and adulthood. Based on that, she says, the Obama administration should at least reconsider its policy if not drop it.
LaBarbera argues that the culture is getting false information from liberal academics and liberal media that present the "gay gene" theory as truth when study after study confirms there's no such thing.
"I think the evidence is becoming so overwhelming that there is no gay gene that even liberal-minded academics are forced to concede this point," he adds. "The homosexual lobby and a lot of people in it banked on the gay gene theory to win sympathy. It worked ... but the evidence continues to mount against that theory."
The 143-page report recognizes a corollary between same-gender attraction and sexual abuse as a child. The Johns Hopkins experts also emphasize that sexuality is fluid – which means homosexuals can change; and many have, mostly through Christ.