Today it has been reported that scientists may have found a genetic link between predisposition to homosexuality and human genetics. I just want to put this here to remind people just how appalling some people’s attitudes to such stories are.
This is an extract from page 29 of the Daily Mail of 16 July 1993.
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Abortion hope after ‘gay genes’ findings
SCIENTISTS in America claim to have found the first definite evidence of a genetic link to homosexuality.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute, near Washington DC, say their findings help prove that sexual orientation can be inherited.
Dean Hamer, principal author of the study published in the American journal Science, said the results do not prove gay men were compelled by their genes to be homosexual. But he said the research showed sexual orientation is powerfully influenced by genes inherited from their mother.
‘This is the strongest evidence to date that there is an important genetic component to sexual orientation,’ said Hamer.
Evidence of a gay gene was found by studying chromosomes in 40 pairs of homosexual brothers. Thirty-three were found to share the same pattern variation.
The findings are likely to cause a storm among radical gay and pro-life groups, as well as medical interest groups already concerned about the ethics of research on human genes.
A similar search for a genetic basis for homosexuality in females is now underway, Mr Hamer said.
This latest study strengthens the argument by the gay community that homosexuality is not a matter of choice, but of biological destiny.
George Neighbors Jr, of the Federation of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Washington, said…