No Science Behind ‘Gay Gene’ Theory

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  December 12, 2017   

Research from Johns Hopkins University shows no one is "born that way"

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After analyzing up-to-date research on sexual orientation from various scientific fields, reputable researchers have concluded that people with same-sex attraction are not born gay.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh, gave a "careful summary and an up-to-date explanation of research — from the biological, psychological and social sciences — related to sexual orientation and gender identity." Their report, Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological and Social Sciences, was published in fall 2016 in The New Atlantis, a scientific journal.

Findings from the study concluded, "[T]he idea that people are 'born that way' is not supported by scientific evidence." The report also found youth with same-sex attraction typically change their sexual orientation as they grow older, "as 80 percent of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults."


After looking into current and credible scientific studies regarding homosexual behavior, the research showed little evidence of any biological factors causing homosexual orientation.

"While there is evidence that biological factors such as genes and hormones are associated with sexual behaviors and attractions," said the report, "there are no compelling causal biological explanations for human sexual orientation."

While discrediting the idea that nature determines a person's sexual orientation, the research did find compelling data to support the premise that nurture, or social environment, had a hand in establishing a person's homosexual orientation. The study uncovered the fact that, "[c]ompared to heterosexuals, non-heterosexuals are about two to three times as likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse."

Regarding same-sex attraction, the Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 2357 says, "Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained." The fact that many people with a homosexual orientation were sexually abused, however, can't be denied. An undercover video shot in a gay bar reveal many of the men admit to such abuse, and credit that abuse as a factor in their same-sex lifestyle.

Watch the panel discuss factors in same-sex attraction in The Download—Gay Gene?


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