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NOM: Chimpanzees’ Behavior Proves Homosexuality Is Unnatural

September 18, 2012 2:14 pm ET by Carlos Maza

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Sunday attempted to use chimpanzees as evidence that homosexuality doesn’t occur normally in nature.

In a September 16 Facebook post, NOM’s Ruth Institute promoted a clip of a 2007 interview with British primatologist Jane Goodall. In the video, Goodall is asked whether she has observed homosexual behavior in her study of chimpanzees:

GOODALL: We’ve never seen anything remotely like homosexuality in chimpanzees. However – in the wild. In captivity, where their lives are disrupted, where they can’t express themselves the way they would in the wild, then we sometimes see it. And for instance, you don’t see homosexual behavior in wild cattle. You know, the oxen and so forth. But in domestic cattle it’s quite common... So we basically have become a domesticated creature because we’re not free to express what we perhaps would like to do.


GOODALL: When homosexuality is accepted by culture, it becomes more prevalent. And, you know, quite honestly, with the number of people in the world today, it’s not such a bad thing.

Study after study (and scientist after scientist) has debunked the idea that homosexuality only occurs in nature as a result of environmental disruption. In fact,  homosexual behavior occurs in hundreds of species in the wild, including chimpanzees.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has also stated that homosexuality is a normal part of human sexuality.

But it’s hardly surprising that NOM, which claims its mission is to protect marriage, would post Goodall’s quote. The organization has routinely described homosexuality as deviantaddictive, and unhealthy. In Goodall, NOM found a respected scientist who could seemingly affirm the idea that being gay is an abnormal distortion of the natural sexual order. It’s yet another example of how the organization’s “protect marriage” rhetoric tends to be little more than an excuse to directly attack gay people.

Last month, Equality Matters released an undercover report detailing how NOM’s Ruth Institute peddles the myths that same-sex relationships are dysfunctional and inherently unstable.


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