Aaargh – I wanted to leave this topic alone until next week, but Colin Craig opens his mouth again. He has responded to an article by Josh Drummond in the Waikato Times:
So to help Mr Dummond out and set the record straight here are some facts.
First Fact: I do hold the view, based on research, that adopting a gay lifestyle is a choice.
Is adopting a gay lifestyle like adopting a pet? Or is it more like adopting a favourite sports team?
And can someone tell me Craig that him holding a view is not a fact!
I have absolutely no problem with people who do not agree with same sex marriage. I disagree with them, but respect the fact they place greater emphasis on tradition than others do.
But what I do not respect is someone who says such ignorant stupid and false stuff, such as people choose to be gay. It reflects a detachment from reality, and is like arguing that the earth is flat.
I have said that to believe that all gays were born that way is narrowminded and ignores the facts and research.
This is a fallacious argument, and a red herring. It is not a binary choice between “born that way” and “choice”. I have constantly said that most gay people have no choice about whom they are attracted to, and fall in love with. Research shows it appears to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors at a very very early age.
One factor is how many older brothers you have. It seems the mother’s body tries to feminise a male foetus, if the previous children were all male.
Let’s finish with a quote from Cynthia Nixon (Sex in the City). ‘‘I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ’I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice’’.
Yes, for bisexual people, it is a choice as to whether or not they partner up with men or women. But there is a difference between being gay and bisexual.
As I said earlier, one can have a legitimate view against same sex marriage on the grounds of tradition etc etc. I disagree with that view, but understand it.
But arguing being gay is a lifestyle choice is ignorant bigotry, and I detest it. I can understand people having that view 30 years ago – but not today. It is simply degrading to gays and lesbians who have never ever had the slightest degree of choice about their sexual orientation, to have Colin Craig insist it it.
Argue against same sex marriage on the basis of marriage is a religious ceremony, or marriage should remain in its traditional form – fine. I’ll argue back, but as they say still respect you in the morning. But if you argue against same sex marriage on the basis that all gays and lesbians can merely “choose” to stop being gay or lesbian – then you are deluded.