Whatever’s in the scientific literature – and I don’t profess to know, although I do know people who have always been gay and others who have swung back and forth between being gay and straight – President Obama tonight made sure to come down firmly on the side, mandatory in polite society, that being gay is not a matter of choice.
“I don’t think it’s a choice,” he told a “town hall meeting” that appeared on MTV, BET and CMT. “I think that people are born with a certain makeup, and that we’re all children of God. We don’t make determinations about who we love. And that’s why I think that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is wrong.”
Whew. Just as he’s getting blasted by gay activists for failing to move faster on getting rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, adviser Valerie Jarrett the other day said being gay was a “lifestyle choice” in reference to a teen who had killed himself because of he was being bullied for being homosexual
She almost immediately dove into a frenzy of mea culpaing, declaring that “sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice” and so forth. I’m sure that’s what she thinks. “Lifestyle choice” is one of those fuzzy and warm modern terms that sounds like you’re full of tolerance. I assume she used it because it sounded like she was being politically correct, but without thinking through what it actually meant. She just made the wrong sentence-style choice.
So Barack had to clean up the mess. Expect more heckling from gay activists in the days to come.