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Arthur Goldberg and Michelle Cretella – “Gay Marriage: Bad Science, Bad Politics”

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Great commentary today from a good friend, Arthur Goldberg writing with Michelle Cretella on The Jewish State, out of New Jersey.  Arthur runs a fantastic outreach to those who want to come out of living a homosexual lifestyle.  In his commentary, Arthur uses the studies and words of homosexual activists to explain that homosexual behavior is neither innate, nor immutable.

I commend your reading of this insightful piece.  Here’s a portion of it:

Nearly every argument favoring same-sex marriage is based on the belief that homosexual orientation is inborn and immutable. Thus, the argument often is made that just as interracial marriage gained approval so, too, should gay marriage.

But sexual orientation is not like skin color; it is not genetic. An avowed lesbian, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, professor of developmental biology and gender studies at Brown University, admits “[Although the claim that homosexuality is genetic] provides a legal argument that is, at the moment, actually having some sway in court, [f]or me, it’s a very shaky place. It’s bad science and bad politics.”

No genetic earmark distinguishing homosexuals from heterosexuals has ever been identified. Homosexuals and heterosexuals are genetically indistinguishable. As stated in a British medical journal, “From an evolutionary perspective, genetically determined homosexuality would have become extinct long ago because of reduced reproduction.”

Indeed, taking the question further, more than 100 scientific studies indicate that change of sexual orientation is possible for many motivated individuals. The father of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (the Bible of psychiatry), Dr. Robert Spitzer, changed his own lifetime view. He published a study in 2003 confirming that many dissatisfied homosexuals are able to make substantial long-term changes in orientation.

Another premise of the same-sex marriage debate claims homosexual coupling involves stable, long-term relationships equivalent to heterosexual marriages. Drs. David McWhirter and Andrew Mattison, both openly homosexual, studied 156 male couples who had lived together for 20 years or more. To their dismay, they found that the longest period of sexual monogamy for those couples was five years; the average was under two years.

I especially like their concluding paragraph:

To summarize, homosexuality is not genetic like skin color. Interracial marriage never changed the definition of marriage; marriage remained the exclusive and faithful union of one man and one woman. Defending traditional marriage is not bigotry. Defending traditional marriage protects the greater common good for everyone — including those with homosexual attractions.

Read the rest of this commentary at

Arthur, in addition to being what I consider to be a good friend, is also the author of Light in the Closet, an interesting read about, as the subtitle suggests, the “Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change.”  If you have the time and inclination, I commend your reading of it.


Written by Jeremy Dys

June 25, 2009 at 4:34 pm

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  1. Great information. Tweeted about it. I’ll bookmark this place too.

    Jon Petosa

    February 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm

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