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Are people born gay? Show more Show less

Few scientific questions generate as much intrigue and political turmoil as the origins of sexual orientation. Is there a clear genetic or hormonal link to sexual orientation that indicates gay people are, in the words of Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"? Can we ever know if same-sex attraction is determined before birth? Is this a question that should even be asked?

Yes, people are born gay Show more Show less

Various studies have found a direct link between genetics and homosexuality.
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We can't choose our sexual orientation

We have a stake in our own development through free will and existential choice. If we can't choose our sexuality, it must be innate rather than developed.

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Existentialists believe people are free and responsible agents. They have a stake in their own development through their choices and acts of free will. Things which we cannot choose are not developed but assigned before birth.

The Argument

We cannot choose our sexual orientation. We cannot choose who we fall in love with. As much as they might try to fight it, some people love people of the same sex. This would suggest that homosexuality is not something developed, but something pre-assigned before birth.

Counter arguments

We can’t choose our personality traits either, but it does not mean we are born with them. Our experiences and environment shape us in ways we can’t control.


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[P1] Free will gives us a stake in our own development. [P2] We cannot choose our sexual orientation. [P3] Therefore, homosexuality is not developed. [P4] Therefore, same-sex attraction must be innate.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] We cannot choose every aspect of our development.


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