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Religion, Genetics, and Sexual Orientation: A First Cut

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Forthcoming

Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 08-149

41 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2008  

Dena S. Davis

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Abstract

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.

Keywords: genetics, sexual orientation, religion, Judaism

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Davis, Dena S., Religion, Genetics, and Sexual Orientation: A First Cut. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Forthcoming; Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 08-149. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1105100

Dena S. Davis (Contact Author)

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ( email )

2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States

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