Something in my genes

By AL DIAMON  |  December 12, 2012

Otherwise, he would have felt obligated to instruct his students in godless versions of biology, such as Darwin's theory of natural selection.

You could be forgiven if you assumed that Ayotte, who feels so strongly about the power of heredity, would be open-minded about homosexuality. After all, if one can blame evolution for one's choice of Obama or Romney, it doesn't seem too far-fetched to at least entertain the idea that being gay is genetically based.

Right, Bernard?

Uh . . . not exactly.

According to the "Citizen's Guide," here's what Ayotte had to say during a House debate on same-sex marriage legislation: "[B]y all indications, homosexuality in human beings seems to be generated by imbalances in the human body. . . . [A]s legislators, it is important that we do not base our statutes on genetic aberrations."

Except for Charlie Webster.

If that's those right-wing genes talking, what are we to make of the starkly different sentiment that concludes Ayotte's op-ed: "Although it may take a while during our growing up years to fully develop and realize our political persuasions, I now strongly believe it (sic) is genetically based. So let us then resolve to understand and accept each others' (sic) differences."

Something must have triggered his latent predisposition for common sense.

Let your mutated chromosomes express themselves by emailing me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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