9:03 a.m. - October 21, 2003
It's simply a matter of time before parents are informed, your child will be gay or lesbian based on these specific gene sequences [holds up visual] and I wonder how many parents would want these sequences "fixed" or eliminated the same way would-be's already take a pass on embryos with cystic fibrosis or deafness. I’m not wholly convinced of the biological argument but it makes me think about the irony of genetic research undermining the gay community’s celebration of difference being good on one hand, and proclaiming “we’re just like you so give us marriage rights” on the other. Maybe we’ll see the rise of gay parents designing gay children (ethics debate?) to be the Teutonic, chiseled-ab, hairless (already done on rats, cats, and hamsters), with perfect eight-inch penises never needing Viagra, or maybe it’ll be a PBS documentary on the Last of the Gays featuring clips of parades as the expression of a doomed culture.
The slippery slope: Give an inch, fall a mile. Yes, yes, genetic testing and research can vastly improve the quality of life for billions, but when has humanity ever stopped short of what can be done?