Another nation has joined the Evolution of Reason which currently is eluding a majority of the US population. Spain has become one of two more countries to recognize the humanity of homosexual couples.
The conversation resulting from Wednesday's post on Canada's exemplary new law is full and deep and appreciated. My $.02 on the "choice" issue is simply this:
We have NO choice o'er who attracts us sexually. We look into his/her eyes and, wham!, we want 'em! We can only choose which attractions we will pursue, and, as I'm sure we've all experienced, we frequently don't even get That choice fulfilled if the attractor doesn't share our interest!
Who attracts us is born and bred into our bodies and denying it is, at best, less than helpful. Our tastes certainly change over time thanks to our experiences, but that just means, for example, that we have different specifics of what attracts us: personality becomes more important than physique; blonde hair is more appealing than black; wealth means more than sense of humor (or vice-a-versa!). But if men still smell better to one than women do, why would that one choose physical intimacy with women over men? Because Society approves??? THAT is simply disgusting!
If an adult chooses to pursue their attraction to another adult of the opposite sex, "Society" smiles and approves; unless of course, that society has a caste system in place and the two are of different castes. Then the society has a problem because it has some interest in keeping the agreed upon order of things status quo. I'm not ever going to say that such is a fundamentally bad situation. It is an integral part of our evolution as Social critters. Like our innate sexual attractions, it has value and a point; a reason; an end. But unlike sexual attraction (or blue eyes or freckles or the shape of one's skull) those standards are variables which can be adjusted through rational analysis of the society's needs. They require reason, conversation and compromise.
As so frequently happens when homosexuality is discussed between supporters and detractors, the incest and pedophilia flag was waved, sheesh! Both of those conditions involve one person using another who has limited or no ability to refuse their being used. It is irrelevant whether a child "seems" to enjoy or to "desire" the sexual attention of an adult. Adults have a responsibility to let children mature physically before such choices become necessary! Adult sexuality, whether same sex or opposite, is a mutually agreed upon endeavor.
Research strongly suggests that pedophiles can not help their attraction, but, like any person, they absolutely CAN avoid acting upon it. Any adult can practice abstinence. I'm not even going to call it a disease but it’s definitely an unfortunate condition (a condition which research suggests is as unavoidable as heterosexuality!) whose expression causes harm and psychological damage. It seems inevitable that Medical Science will find a way for people to physically change their orientation. We can already change our gender. But our orientation remains because it is determined in our brains more so than in our gonads.
I hope this medical technique is developed soon. I know how important my own sexuality is to me and I would hate to find myself in the position where the only way I could express and satisfy it would actually cause harm to anyone. When (when!) Med Sci figures out how to change such in the brain, homosexuals can become hetero if they can't stand society's mores. Heterosexuals can become homo for whatever reason. Pedo's can become people who don't need to abuse and misuse innocents in order to be sexually complete!
I see the changes made in Societies over time by viewing History through many different filters. The US Constitution states in the preamble that:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Article 6 assures us that:
no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. This is not limited to either men or women. It is not based upon one's sexual orientation which, at the time of its writing, was not understood to be biologically determined. It applies to All People. The ultimate goal of societies is the same as for any individual species. It is survival.