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February 6, 2014

Letters for Feb. 6, 2014: Sexual orientation is biological

I’ve heard various concerns recently about Indiana’s (House Joint Resolution 3) HJR 3, which could constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Indiana. At the core of the bill appears to be objection to the “gay” lifestyle.

In academic and industrial research, I’ve learned the importance of examining the research before coming to conclusions.

In 2009 I attended a presentation in Grand Teton National Park by Dr. Donal Skinner, a University of Wyoming associate professor of zoology and physiology, on fluidity of gender. He said that in months two and three of fetal development a naturally occurring combination of hormones determines whether a fetus will become male or remain female.

In 2011 an article in a peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers in Endocrinology (the study of secretion of hormones), indicates that sexual orientation in the womb is a continuum, with females on one end and males on the other end. During fetal development, the presence, absence and/or strength of certain hormones can place a fetus at any point on the gender continuum.

In other words, “gayness” or homosexuality is biological. We don’t legislate against individuals because of their eye color or size of their feet. Neither should we legislate against individuals whose sexual orientation is biologically determined.

— Dr. Robert D. Lerch

Goshen

Who are state Rep. Rebecca Kubacki’s ‘marriage experts’?

State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki made it clear she does not listen to the voters on issues, but rather takes her cues from experts on various subjects. In light of this, I am trying to figure out who Kubacki’s marriage experts are.

Rep. Kubacki voted twice recently against the defense of traditional marriage. Kubacki did this after campaigning in favor of traditional marriage, and after supporting it with votes in 2011.

Normally, a flip-flop like this would be both an outrage and a head-scratcher. However, if we can determine who Rep. Kubacki views as experts on marriage, maybe we can determine how her experts changed Kubacki’s mind about a sacred institution.

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