A fairly definitive word to date has been issued specifically on the question of whether GLBTQ people are born this way or made this way (choice or environment). It is about 140 pages long and yet worth your consideration.
Is gender identity (if we use this term at all) a matter of biology that is already fixed in the person by birth or is it a matter of decision or choice that can be affected by environment, upbringing, or individual decision? Lady Gaga says she was made that way and this point of view has challenged the assumptions of many who would suggest that the myriad of identities could be assigned a hierarchy or value (good or not good). Born must mean God had something to do with it, right? I am not one who believes that this has much impact upon whether GLBTQ is morally the equivalent of the male/female marriage. But. But there are those whose whole perspective changes if they believe GLBTQ folk are born that way. So when a study challenges the idea that GLBTQ folks are born that way, it does affect how many judge the moral value assigned to these relationships.
Some prominent scholars at Johns Hopkins University released a new in depth study that argues that there is not sufficient evidence to support the conclusion that
lesbian, gay, or transgender people are born with this sexual
orientation or gender identity.
Mayer, a co-author of the report, told The Christian Post, "There are probably some people that identify as heterosexual that then later on identified as homosexual, so it goes both ways. The
importance there is the fluidity and flexibility that these things
change in time." In other words, it is a disposition that is affected by external factors and individual choice and not simply the natural and inborn desire or identity that cannot be influenced or changed. This has profound significance for both those who believe that natural is normal and for those who believe that desire cannot be changed.
Of course, the authors of this study are taking a position of grave risk to their credibility and stature in the academic community -- a community which is decidedly not neutral or easily influenced by fact in this subject. Yet it is a sign of hope that we can and ought to reconsider what has become, in short time, an incontrovertible yet unsubstantiated fact for many. For too long Christians who do not accept GLBTQ behavior as normal or moral have been accused of not being open to reality. Now we might see whether the other side is open to a dose of reality.