Genes are the building blocks of all humans. Researches are coming closer and closer to finding a “gay gene”. If that gene will be found, what will be the consequences for society?
Genes are the instruction booklets in each human cell that direct the makeup and behavior of cells. Variations in their coding or strength influence the look, personality and health of any organism, including human beings.
Homosexuality has a biological correlate even if the particular genes have not yet been confirmed, University of Illinois at Chicago psychiatry professor Brian Mustanski said in his lecture, "Is there a gay gene?"
The search for the Gay Gene
Just determining a person’s sexuality can be difficult. Mustanski and other researchers use the Kinsey Scale , which factors in attraction, fantasy, behavior and self-identification on scales of one to six. Earlier studies showed most men are primarily heterosexual or primarily homosexual, but data for women was scattered across the Kinsey scale; homosexuality is probably a very different thing in women than it is in men.
Mustanski’s study was recently published in the biomedical journal Human Genetics. The article was "the first to involve a genome-wide scan of male sexual orientation" and found three new chromosomal regions that correlate with homosexuality.
Dr. Alan Sanders, a Northwestern University professor of Genetics, also started a research to find any gay genes. For this he needs to study great quantities of DNA. The genetics researcher wants to collect DNA samples from 1,000 pairs of gay men and their gay brothers for a government-funded study that could identify a biological basis for homosexuality.
Gay by choice or by nature?
A lot of people in the gay community are supportive of Sanders’ research since it doesn’t fall under the silly notion that sexual orientation is a choice. A good question for people who believe in “gay choice” is: ‘Do you remember that moment you said: Hey, I think I’ll be straight?’" Probably not and the same question is valid for gay men and women.
Psychiatry and the rest of medicine have not considered homosexuality to be an illness for decades. Sanders and many others, inspired by family studies, think that heredity influences why most people are heterosexual but some are not.
If Mutanski, Sanders or any talented researcher finds a correlation between the human genome and homosexuality, this will have interesting consequences for many religious doctrines.
Conclusive research will create more acceptance
After all, how can you qualify homosexuality as “sinful” or “bad” when it was imprinted (by our maker) in our genes?
After a likely lengthy period of denial, religious doctrines and attitudes will have to change in a positive way towards homosexuality. Hopefully, this will result in a more welcoming attitude and with less desire to change or “unlearn” homosexuality in many religious denominations. Time, only time will tell.