Homosexuality Is A Choice I was asked to do a paper on each side of a controversial topic I chose homosexuality. This is the opposition paper. *Just for the record, I support homosexuals.

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In today's society, the question has arisen of homosexuality being a choice or being "pre-programmed" into the body. This inquiry is often known as the "nature vs. nurture" debate. Generally speaking, these two conflicting perspectives fall into pre-existing political categories. The "nature" prospect, which typically falls within the platform of liberals, is the belief that homosexuality is genetically predetermined. This also happens to be the viewpoint that psychologists and mental health professionals tend to side with. The opposing belief, the "nurture" prospect, is generally viewed as a more conservative viewpoint. This belief, which suggests that homosexuality occurs due to one's atmosphere and upbringing, is most often supported by sociologists. Contrary to the beliefs of many members of society, which is that homosexuality is a function of genetic code, homosexuality is a result of both previous or existing surroundings and personal choice.

Homosexuality is not a result of genetics. No one is born homosexual and there is no scientific data to substantiate a genetic or biological basis for same-sex attractions (Sheldon).

Homosexuality is not an identity; it is a behavior. Therefore, anyone can choose to change and become straight. The notion of "born gay" has no factual basis (Sheldon). There are numbers of men that realize that they have homosexual tendencies well into their heterosexual marriages. For those that assume homosexuality is purely genetic, I would pose the question: does it make sense that someone would genetically be homosexual yet not realize it until they are well into a heterosexual relationship? The answer is clearly no because if the answer were to be yes, then that person would originally be attracted to members of the same sex. Aside from that, there are also many homosexuals that return to their heterosexual lifestyle. Some people may have participated in homosexual activities but later...