Until a few years ago, sexual orientation used to be called sexual preference. The terms denote obvious differences: a preference is something that is chosen; an orientation is something that defines an individual. What is the importance of the different phrases? If homosexuality is not chosen, but actually is a biologically-determined characteristic with no choice involved, then laws should not treat gays and straights differently. Homosexuality, then, would be equivalent to one's race, over which we have no control.
In other words, if a person is born with a problem, he cannot help it and should be treated accordingly. In the last decade, as this "biological" argument has gained momentum, polls have determined that Americans have become more accepting of and tolerant toward homosexuality.
The Family Research Council, a conservative Christian think tank in Washington, D.C., does not believe that people are born gay:
In the last century, the predominant concept was that homosexuality was in tune to the upbringing of the child. Freud, for instance, speculated that overprotective mothers and distant fathers helped make boys 'gay.' It was not until 1973, that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as a mental illness. How far have we come in a short time!
If one were not homosexual and just living a life-style, why would he/she put himself through the madness--acceptance, rejection, attitudes, crudities, societies'foibles. That would be not be normal. Then, again in today's world what is "normal?"
If homosexuals were just found in the United States, it would be easier to say these people are just making a choice; however, homosexuals are found in every culture in the world. Of course, in some global areas, it would not be a smart move to make his sexual orientation known for fear of losing one's head.
It is a current event that will be a point of discussion for decades to come unless science solves it.