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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Some questions for same gender marriage Part V

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In case you missed yesterday.

In Part I of this series, I stated, "Race is a matter of genetics and ancestry. A person cannot choose their ancestors."

 Some of you are now saying to yourself "Don't go there, Baker."

Too late. I've built an entire country there.

Is sexual orientation a fixed matter or is it mutable? I do not know. I've read articles from "authorities" that argue it is fixed and other “authorities” who say it is a matter of choice. Again, I do not know. I can only say SCIENCE! has not made a completely solid case either way.

SCIENCE! has also revealed the homosexual behavior among animals is more common that thought. "Currently, homosexual behavior has been documented in over 450 different animal species worldwide.”  This article also states “Yet another example is lizards of the genus Teiidae, which can copulate with both male and female mates.”

The New Mexico whiptail lizard is a species comprised solely as best we know, of females. “Despite reproducing asexually, and being an all female species, the whiptail still engages in mating behavior with other females of its own species, giving rise to the common nickname ‘lesbian lizards.’ A common theory is that this behavior stimulates ovulation, as those who do not ‘mate’ do not lay eggs,” sez Wikipedia. (yeah, Wiki. I am too lazy to dig out the actual SCIENCE research papers.)

Some of those who vehemently oppose same gender marriage like to point out these unions cannot produce offspring. See above for the contrary. Anyway, let’s just skip right past infertile couples, couples who don’t want kids and etc and point out that excuse is just stoopid. It’s not even worth the dignity of spelling stupid correctly.

What about the argument that even in homosexual animal relationships, the other gender is needed to produce offspring? The whiptail is the one exception breaks a rule. I suspect there are others.

What about hermaphrodite animals? Snails & worms, the rare human. What about sequential hermaphroditism. That’s the natural process of gender-changing in case you wondered. Yes, it is real. Most common in fish.

Biology is not as neat as people would have it. It's messy in far more ways than one.

Part 6 when I remember to post it, after today that is.

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