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Conflicts over the nature of sexual
orientation & LGBT rights. Are they resolvable?
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The acronym "LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals.

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A brief look at conflicting concepts of homosexuality:

There are six common viewpoints about the causes of, nature of, and appropriate response to homosexuality. A brief descripton of two of the most often discussed are:

  • A traditional view, that homosexuality is a behavior that is chosen at or after puberty. It is changeable, abnormal, unnatural, hated by God, and immoral. Homosexuals should not have the same rights and protections that others receive.

  • A progressive view, that homosexuality is an orientation that is discovered during childhood or after puberty. It is fixed -- or almost always fixed -- in adulthood, and is normal and natural for a minority of people, morally neutral, and accepted by God as a normal variation among humans, along with race, gender, language, etc. Homosexuals, bisexuals, and heterosexuals should receive the same rights and protections including the right to marry.

In short the two viewpoints imply that:

  • Homosexuality is something immoral that you do vs.

  • Homosexuality is something that is morally neutral about who you are.

There are similar disagreements over gender identity.

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Copyright 2006 to 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Originally written: 2006-NOV-17
Last update and review: 2011-APR-26
Author: B.A. Robinson

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