OneNewsNow, 5/14/2009 [Excerpts]: The attempt to prove that homosexuality is determined biologically has been dealt a knockout punch. An American Psychological Association publication includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene"--meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are born that way.
For decades, the APA has not considered homosexuality a psychological disorder [it did prior to 1973], while other professionals in the field consider it to be a "gender-identity" problem. The new statement...appears in..."Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality," and states the following:
There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles....
That contrasts with the APA's statement in 1998: "There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, plays a significant role in a person's sexuality."
Matt Barber with Liberty Counsel wonders if the organization will admit that homosexuals who want to change can change.
"It's irrefutable from a medical standpoint that people can leave the homosexual lifestyle," he argues. "Homosexuality is defined by behavior. Untold thousands of people have found freedom from that lifestyle through either reparative therapy or through--frankly, most effectively--a relationship with Jesus Christ."
Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality), agrees. "Many men and women have come out of homosexuality, mostly through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The fact that these professional organizations will not study that, will not acknowledge that, shows how 'in the tank' they are for the homosexual movement."