RE: Gay Marriage/Homosexuality

From: gordon brown <>
Date: Thu Jun 10 2004 - 15:51:31 EDT

On Thu, 10 Jun 2004, Cameron, Leslie wrote:

> I conclude from this that homosexuality is about as much a "choice" for gay and lesbian people as heterosexuality is for straight people.

Why is this made such a central issue? The gay community wants to make it
that way, and a lot of their Christian opponents want to focus on it too.
These people have a temptation that the rest of us don't. Is having a
certain temptation proper justification for yielding to it? Does the
reason for being tempted make it right to yield? Is it all right for an
alcoholic to get drunk? If we spend our time debating whether the
orientation is a "choice", we detract from the really relevant issue of
whether the "choice" of yielding to the temptation is sinful.

Gordon Brown
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395
Received on Thu Jun 10 16:12:44 2004

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