Nevertheless, there are some right-wing opinions that I simply can't get my head around; ones that are clearly based in cloud-cuckoo land. One such meme is the oft-heard accusation that homosexuality is a 'choice' and that gay people are choosing to live a 'lifestyle' that is in contradiction to 'nature's law.'
First, 'nature's law' includes over 1,500 species of animal exhibiting recorded homosexual or bisexual behavior, so it's hardly a contradiction to it. Secondly, I'm pretty sure conservatives touting this theory haven't actually bothered speaking to any homosexuals about it. As far as my understanding goes, gay people are born that way and they can no more 'choose' to be gay than I 'chose' to be straight.
A fascinating new blog that cropped up might shed some light onto the topic for confused conservatives. Called "Born This Way", it's a journal of memories from gays and lesbians, accompanied by pictures from their childhood that, with the benefit of hindsight, made it pretty clear they were going to grow up gay.
4-years-old is perhaps a little early to deliberately choose an 'aberrant and unnatural' lifestyle, as the conservatives might claim - yet Eamonn from "Born This Way" was apparently doing exactly that!
Looking back at my own childhood, I know that there was never a point in which I felt I could have 'chosen' not to be straight. I had my first crush on a girl when I was in pre-school (I'm friends with her on Facebook today - and she's grown into a stunner.) After my first unrequited crush in high school (I'm friends with her on Facebook too; and she's sweet, beautiful and apparently dating a ginger) I managed to 'fall in love' with just about every woman I met - until I finally started acting my age when I settled down with Mummy Militant.
People joked that I was remorselessly heterosexual; with an Austin Powers schtick before Mike Myers had even invented the character.
But then again, perhaps websites like "Born This Way" place too much emphasis on certain childhood character traits that suggested blossoming homosexuality. I hated sports when I was a kid, the majority of my friends have always been women and I have a sartorial flair that people today would call 'metrosexual' I grew up to be robustly straight, but if I hadn't, perhaps I'd have been listing those characteristics on "Born This Way" as no-brainers that I'd grow up gay.
Ultimately, I think everybody has their own story about when and how they realized they were straight or gay. The one thing I'm sure about, however, is that most people had as little 'choice' in the matter than they did their hair color or nationality.
They were just "born that way" - and that's the way we need to accept them.