Homosexuality: Innate or Acquired?

Ocholi Paul Edogbanya


Homosexuality is one of the most controversial contemporary issues of our time. There are a lot of arguments on the issue. Different circles have different things to say about it; ranging from the scientist, to politicians, to the religious folks, everyone seems to have a different opinion about it. Even within same circles there seems to be disagreements on the subject matter. Homosexuality is gradually gaining acceptance in different societies, recently nations like America and Ireland passed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage and serious advocacy is being made for other nations to follow suit. One of their major reasons being that homosexuality is an inherent trait and hence homosexuals should be given equal human right. But what does research actually show? Is being homosexual caused by biological or psychological factors, or an interaction between the two? What is the role of choice in being homosexual? Is homosexuality modifiable or changeable? These are the core issues this paper seeks to address.

Keywords: Homosexuality, Innate, Acquired, Biological, Psychological, Same-sex-marriage


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