Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pawlenty - The Science Is Out On Whether Being Gay is a Choice

Former Minnesota Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty, in an interview this morning on Meet The Press, was asked by David Gregory whether or not he believed being gay was a choice. Pawlenty, as shown in the video, dodged the question and said that the science behind the causes of sexual orientation is "in dispute". Though technically correct in his assertion that scientists are "in dispute" regarding the exact causes of sexual orientation, all major medical and psychological associations agree that being gay is NOT a choice and that attempting to change your sexuality only has negative emotional and psychological consequences.

As I wrote a few days ago, though seemingly innocent and "scientific", the theory that LGBT people choose their sexual orientation and gender identity is not only harmful to LGBT people, but also gives validity to the claim that LGBT can change and become "normal".

Watch a clip of Pawlenty's interview below.

H/T to ThinkProgress for drawing my attention to this interview.

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