In Yasmin Nair's excellent post The Gay Gene Will Not Protect You,
the central thesis of which is that, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" notwithstanding, biology shouldn't be the determinant of anyone's right to live, have health care, gain citizenship, get and keep a job. In response, Brad Bailey said:
I'd say a lot of folks here have absolutely no idea of how the judicial system in this country works. Google "suspect class." Then you'll understand why being "born this way" is at the very heart of the matter. No civil rights have EVER been granted to any minority unless they fall into this category.
You can call this good, bad or whatever you want. But this is the way our justice system works. If you don't like it, write to your congressmen or your local paper and try to change it.
Bitching about it on Bilerico accomplishes squat.
Don't hold back, Brad, we love you just the way you are. And you're right that, whether we like it or not, using the "born this way" card is pragmatic. Look what a difference it has made in regard to the recent advances with DOMA. But scientific and legal theories on this complicated issue are evolving, as we've previously discussed, and I'm not so sure "suspect class" status is the exclusive legal route to rights. Will I need to upload a CAT scan to my employer or the driver license bureau or Match.com to prove that I'm entitled to live as a woman? Or that I'm bisexual?
What say you, Projectors. will the "gay gene" save us?