Religion, Genetics, and Sexual Orientation: A First Cut
Dena S. Davis
Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Forthcoming
Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 08-149
This essay explores the implications for religions of a genetic etiology of sexual orientation, using Judaism as an example. It begins with a brief overview of the current state of the scientific research into genetic elements of sexual orientation. Then it looks at contemporary attitudes toward homosexuality across the Jewish spectrum, and inquires whether there is any evidence to suggest that a scientific finding of a genetic basis for sexual orientation would have a positive influence on those who currently condemn homosexuality.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: genetics, sexual orientation, religion, Judaism
Date posted: April 2, 2008
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