In arguing that homosexuality is “natural,” gay activists claim that there are hundreds of examples of homosexual behavior among animals and that these examples are found in virtually every species. Is this claim true?
Before I answer that question, I’d like to ask a question in return: Do gays really want to point to the animal world to prove that their romantic attractions and sexual desires are “natural”?
Some animals kill and eat their young; others kill their mates after sex; in the vast majority of cases, animals don’t form lifelong relationships; and many animals are wild and dangerous by nature.
When a lion kills a zebra in cold blood, it’s dinner. When a human being kills another human being in cold blood, it’s murder.
So, what is gained by appealing to the animal world?
As famously noted by Dr. Dean Hamer, a gay scientist, “Pigs don’t date, ducks don’t frequent stripper bars, and horses don’t get married.”
In other words, animals are not humans, and gays gain nothing by appealing to the animal world, unless you want to say that when a male dog grabs hold of your leg and starts doing his thing on you, he is acting “gay.” Does anyone really want to make that argument?
What nature does tell us is that the entire animal world is driven by heterosexual desires and acts, and it is fueled and sustained by heterosexual reproduction.
From female animals coming into heat to battles for mating supremacy among males, and from a mother’s caring for her young to the “family” dynamics of raising the young, the animal world is relentlessly carried and maintained by heterosexuality.
That is what “nature” teaches us concerning heterosexuality vs. homosexuality; to point to specific “homosexual” behaviors among animals proves nothing.
But is it true that there are hundreds if not thousands of examples of “gay animals” or same-sex attractions and acts among them?
Actually, there are numerous examples of same-sex behavior in the animal world, but there appear to be a wide variety of explanations for these behaviors, including acts of dominance (that have nothing to do with the animal’s “sexual orientation” or even sexual acts themselves) and acts of sexual release, like the dog mounting your leg, which, again, is unrelated to the animal’s “sexual orientation.” (Remember that that same male dog will go chasing after a female dog in heat, so he is hardly “gay.”)
And among animals that have long-term relationships, to say that examples of committed same-sex animal couples are rare would be quite an understatement. That’s why gay scientist Simon LeVay wrote, “Although homosexual behavior is very common in the animal world, it seems to be very uncommon that individual animals have a long-lasting predisposition to engage in such behavior to the exclusion of heterosexual activities. Thus, a homosexual orientation, if one can speak of such thing in animals, seems to be a rarity.”
What about the phenomenon of “gay rams”? That came up in the news about a decade ago, but not surprisingly, you don’t hear much about it anymore, since there doesn’t seem to have been much to it in the first place.
Even the allegedly gay penguin couple from the Central Park Zoo, Roy and Silo, celebrated in the book “And Tango Makes Three” (Tango was the penguin baby they helped raise together), eventually broke up when Silo took up with a female penguin named Scrappy. (Perhaps you never heard the rest of the story?)
To summarize: 1) Animals engage in all kinds of inhuman behaviors, so to say, “Animals do it,” proves nothing. The one thing certain is that the animal world is driven by heterosexual reproduction. 2) Animals do not date or get married, so the only comparison that gay activists can make is to sexual behavior, and we are constantly told that homosexuality is not simply a matter of sex. 3) Same-sex animal behavior can be explained in other ways than “sexual orientation,” including acts of dominance.
In sum then, the argument, “We know that homosexuality is natural because it is found in the animal world” breaks down completely.
In my new book, “Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide,” I devote one entire chapter to the principle of “Keep Propagating the Truth Until the Lies Are Exposed.”
It can be frustrating to deal with lie upon lie and misrepresentation upon misrepresentation, but eventually, if we keep speaking the truth with patience, perseverance and love, truth will triumph.