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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:22 PM

Christian Founder of Online Dating Site Wants to Ease Gay Pain

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February 21, 2013 11:27am
by CANDACE CHELLEW-HODGE

Neil Clark Warren feels my pain and he’s ready to cough up big bucks to ease it. In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, the 78-year-old Christian co-founder and CEO of the online dating site eHarmony, said being gay or lesbian “has been a painful way for a lot of people to have to live.”

But, he’s ready to pony up $10 million “and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first-class job of figuring out homosexuality.”

I’m so glad that Warren is so concerned with my “pain” and is ready to start “figuring out” homosexuality. Never mind that science has been trying to “figure out” not just homosexuality, but sexuality in general for many, many years.

Are any of us “born that way”? Even the experts, like Eric Vilain, a pediatric geneticist at UCLA, says “humans do not appear to be born with particular arousal patterns—babies aren’t gay or straight.”
He suggested we think about the question a different way: Do we see evidence that, from a very early age, children exhibit behavior patterns that appear highly predictive of future sexual orientation? In other words, do children give us clues about whether they’re going to ultimately be sexually attracted to males, females, or both? To a certain extent, yes.


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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:49 PM

1. My brother in law was born in a remote village in the 'Golden Triangle' a few miles from Burma in

Northern Thailand.

At that time the community was completely isolated except by a single road, but no one in the village owned a vehicle.

There was no electricity, newspapers or other outside influence.

From the time he could walk he refused to wear male clothing.

When he approached school age he would only put on his sister's skirts.

His parents punished him every way possible but he simply refused to wear traditional male clothing.

There was no media influence, no other role models in the small village, just a small boy knowing his own identity.

Eventually he 'won' in that people accepted him but he never wore male clothes until much as an adolescent he was able to make the larger connection. He is gay but not sexually active (as far as anyone knows, he has never had a relationship that anyone was familar with). Twenty years ago I paid his way through adult school. He remains one of the sweetest people to have ever walked the earth. He didn't learn either his sexual identity/preference nor his infectiously sweet disposition, it is who he is.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:51 PM

2. Wonderful story.

You are lucky to have each other.

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