Replication is Achilles' heel of 'gay gene' argument, says LaBarbera

Monday, February 17, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A theory that a gene predisposes people to be homosexual isn't true, according to an authority on the subject who is reacting to a recent study supporting that theory.

It's not the first time scientists have claimed the gene exists. The study comes out of Northwestern University this time and suggests 40 percent of the cause of homosexuality among white males is genetic.

"But it is not completely determinative; there are certainly other environmental factors involved," one of the researchers told The Telegraph (London), adding: "Don't confuse 'environmental' with 'socially acquired.' Environment means anything that is not in our DNA at birth, and that includes a lot of stuff that is not social."

OneNewsNow spoke with Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality about the Northwestern study. Replication of studies, he explains, is where the "gay gene" argument falls apart.

LaBarbera, Peter"We know why pro-gay scientists and homosexual activists are trying to prove that homosexuals are born that way, but they can't pull it off," says LaBarbera. "For years they've been trying and they can't replicate their studies – and this study doesn't show it either."

There is, however, a lot of documentation of psychological factors as motivation for choosing the lifestyle. LaBarbera says the reason they want to find a gene is to lessen resistance to homosexual activism.

According to the Telegraph report, the study builds on work done by Dr. Dean Hamer in 1993, a man who left his wife after deciding he was homosexual.

"But he could not replicate his study – and so he left the field and became a gay activist documentary maker," notes LaBarbera. "So Dean Hamer was not an impartial scientist; he was out to show 'born gay.' He couldn't replicate his own study, and so building on Dean Hamer's work doesn't really mean much."

LaBarbera says the goal of activists is to take homosexuality from being "a moral issue to being a purely genetic issue, as if people have no choice and they can't resist practicing homosexuality."

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