Newt Gingrich thinks being gay is as much of a choice as being celibate is for a priest.
Q: Do you believe that people choose to be gay?
GINGRICH: I believe it’s a combination of genetics and environment. I think both are involved. I think people have many ranges of choices. Part of the question is, do you want a society which has a bias in one direction or another?
Q: So people can then choose one way or another?
GINGRICH: I think people have a significant range of choice within a genetic pattern. I don’t believe in genetic determinism and I don’t think there is any great evidence of genetic determinism. There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this or more likely to do that? But that doesn’t mean it’s definitional.
Q: So a person can then choose to be straight?
GINGRICH: Look, people choose to be celibate. People choose many things in life. You know, there is a bias in favor of non-celibacy. It’s part of how the species recreates. And yet there is a substantial amount of people who choose celibacy as a religious vocation or for other reasons.
Passing up the chance to hit a series of soft pitches out of the park — including Newt talking about celibacy and priests — let me just note that if some people have a genetic propensity to be gay, then some people have a genetic propensity to be anal sphincters, and Mr. Gingrich is one. He can’t help it.
(PS: “It’s part of how the species recreates.” Dr. Freud on Line 1.)