In the larger scheme of things, I think that homosexuality is among the least interesting and important topics around. But, somehow, it seems to have emerged as the Big Social Issue of our Day. I can't seem to turn an internet corner - least of all here at my own home on the web - without having it thrust in my face.
Well, if that's the way things are, that's the way things are.
But can we just get something straight, here - so to speak?
What is a homosexual?
Reading right-wing stuff, as habitually as I do, I come away with the impression that many social conservatives believe that a homosexual is pretty much just a normal guy, who experiences sexual attraction to women and sexual aversion to men in the same way as other normal guys, but who nevertheless, perversely, prefers to engage in sexual relations with other men - possibly because he has become habituated to the practice as a result of sexual abuse in early youth.
From which I can only conclude that many social conservatives have no idea what they're talking about.
Take it from me: the average homosexual man (a) has never been sexually abused, and (b) has only ever experienced sexual attraction to (some) other men. And he can no more will himself into the experience of sexual attraction to (some) women than the average heterosexual man could will himself into the experience of sexual attraction to (some) men.
So what's he supposed to do?
Marry a woman he'll make miserable, because he can never really love her, in the normal way?
Die and be damned?