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October 23, 2017

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letter to the editor:

Science and homosexuality

Never in my life have I heard about or read of solid scientific evidence supporting the link between genes and homosexuality. In all my years of being a student and taking scientific courses, I learned of no connection between genetics and the choices we make in our everyday lives in determining who or what we become.

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked about whether homosexuality is a disorder, he said: “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” In as much as I should understand everyone is entitled to an opinion, it’s troubling that he tries to incorporate science within his reasoning. Based on background information I’ve derived, he has absolutely no credentials within the field of science.

What makes matters worse is the fact that he could be a possible 2016 presidential contender. His response is fallacious in that first it appeals to authority. Just because he is governor of very large state doesn’t mean he has authority to conclude homosexuality is rooted into genetics. I think only a scientist or a professional in the study of homosexuality should make such suggestions.

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