Think About It . . .

  1. Even though current research indicates that sexual orientation is fixed and unchangeable, some still insist that homosexuals could change if they wanted to. Could you change your sexual orientation on demand? Would you want to? Why or why not?
  2. Many people assume that homosexuality is a choice, and that gay people have made the decision to be gay. If you assume that homosexuality is a matter of choice, do you assume that heterosexuality is a matter of choice also? When did you choose your sexual orientation?
  3. Suppose for a minute that sexual orientation is a simple matter of choice (which it does not appear to be).  Does that mean gays and lesbians are less deserving of civil rights protection? Before you answer, consider the following: Religious affiliation is a choice in our country, yet our government provides protection from discrimination on the basis of this personal decision.
  4. Currently, our government does not provide gays and lesbians with the benefits of marriage, or protection from discrimination. Should gays and lesbians pay taxes to a government that fails to provide them with basic civil rights protection?
  5. Why should gays and lesbians pay into funds that provide special rights and benefits for heterosexuals and their partners, but does little to benefit homosexuals and their loved ones? Would you turn down a life saving organ donation if the donor was gay or lesbian?
  6. Does it seem fair that a heterosexual couple married for one hour has more legal rights and responsibilities toward each other than a same-sex couple that has been together for 30 years?
  7. If your children were gay: Would you love them any less? Would you want your children to grow up and live in a society that refused to accept them and grant them equal rights?
  8. If your neighbor or co-worker were gay: How would his/her sexual orientation affect you? Would granting him/her equal rights infringe upon your rights? How?
  9. Currently, gay and lesbian couples are denied the benefits of a legal marriage, while heterosexual couples continue to reap the benefits of a legal union. Who has special rights now? Would granting homosexuals the right to marry interfere with anyone else’s basic civil rights? Would granting gays the right to marry affect your marriage? How? How would it affect the benefits heterosexual couples currently enjoy?
  10. Most children who are molested are molested by heterosexual men. Do you think it’s safe to let heterosexual men teach? Lead scout troops? Work in any field where they may be in close contact with children?

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