Originally Posted by edmorel
This is amazing. Lets not get our scientists working on cures or anything life changing, lets get them on the important topic of "identifying" gay characteristics.
I'll save them some time, if a guy has sex with another guy, he's gay. Alternately, if they use terms like "meaty thighs" or go by internet names such as "Connemara" or "Kronik" or "GQGeek", they are gay. There, I just saved those scientists a bunch of time.
There are countless scientists working on far, far more meaningless endeavors.
There are some social/religious implications for further evidence of these physiological relationships with sexual orientation. It contributes to the idea that homosexuality is innate and not a choice, which (amazingly) is something many people don't believe and a great deal of religious dogma is in direct contradiction to. The idea that it is an inborn trait could possibly soften the stance of homosexuality-as-sin, and make life a lot easier for people who have had and will have their families, friends, and churches have disown them for coming out. And I believe it will all make widespread acceptance of gay marriage a more likely event should the element of "choice" be removed from people's perception of homosexuality, whether you are for or against this. Either way, it's a fairly natural course of study by the field of psychology to try to relate behavior to some sort of biological source and this particular branch of it has been going on for years. Much of what they discuss in the article was covered briefly in a developmental psychology course I took 4 years ago.