Senior Matt Pesavento, who was interviewed by juniors Abby Godard and Kate Magill, expressed the wish that his interview responses on homosexuality be printed word-for-word. The responses he typed to the questions posed to him are below.
Q: What are your thoughts on gay marriage? Do you believe it should be legalized?
A: No, I do not think that gay marriage should be legalized. I will allude to the ultimate reason why gays should not be given the right to marry, later down the page.
Q: What influenced your opinion on this?
A: Of course, for every individual’s conception of a matter, albeit the articulated issue is extremely controversial and rather political, one’s outlook to said issue is shaped initially from the environment from which he or she came, the culture in which the individual was raised. That being said, each sector of the culture can have an ideology that is arbitrary, within the context of the larger state, but as an aggregate, an opinion is shaped by the large-scale views of that culture. Estimates of anywhere from 70% to 90% (admin says statistics are from fox news lol: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,99945,00.html) of Americans claim to believe in God, today, which means that, even in a secular society, religion indirectly shapes our views on issues – even if we are not religious. It is the very reason many of our laws coincide with the Ten Commandments and biblical teachings.
Q: Do you believe gay couples should be allowed to adopt children?
A: No, I do not believe that gays should be allowed to adopt children. To me, this is one of the biggest concerns with the uprisings and manifestations of gay-activism. It is, without a doubt, the government’s main role, in the lives of the American people, to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
“The proper role of government is to prevent other people from harming an individual.” – Milton Friedman
It is nature, history, and science that have decided that natural kin is one man and one woman – I did not. I do disagree with allowing a child to live in an abusive family, so I am not arguing that it is better to subject a child to abuse than to a non-traditional family; however, statistically, there is a highly unmet demand for children, in the United States. Hence, I call into question: would we rather forcefully subject a homunculus to a life with an unnatural family than furnish the life of that child with a life as traditional and normal as possible.
Q: Is your entire family conservative?
A: Yes, but out of my entire family, I am probably the most conservative.
Q: How has your family environment affected your opinions on these topics?
A: While one may try to moot my assertion that choosing to become gay is, in fact, a choice, I present the notion of uncertainty as a consequence of ignorance. At this moment in time, we simply cannot classify gay as a mutation or as genetic, or as an anatomic difference, because we have no proof of such. A little anecdote: To say that being gay is not a choice is like saying there is a sixty-fifth dimension inside the eardrum of the person to your left; we have no evidence to suggest it is correct. I reserve the conviction that science may one day provide the answer to the issue of homosexuality, but, at this moment, there is no evidence, of which I have a ken, to suggest that gays are different from everyone else, genetically or anatomically. Too, I argue strongly that I firmly believe there are only two ways which one can believe a human came to be: religion (the grace of God) and evolution (the skeptic scientists). Now, axiomatically, being gay does not work with the religion point-of-view, but it seems not to work with evolution either. The “gay gene” would have died-off many years ago. I instead think that the individual is choosing to become gay – though, perhaps subconsciously (which is indeterminable). Whichever one chooses to believe, there is no evidence to suggest that choosing to become gay is predetermined, and, thus, I suggest that we pay less attention to the testimony of the opposition, until there is legitimate evidence to suggest otherwise.
In a followup interview …
Q: Do you think teens (or people in general) who are against gay rights ever feel resentment from others? Why or why not? Do you think this is due to unfair stereotypes from people on both sides of the debate on gay rights?
A: In response to the first question: yes, I do, but it extends much beyond just gay rights. Gay marriage is illegal in most states, so, by definition, it is progressive to support gay marriage. The simulacrum (Not a 9th grade word) I am trying to create is that liberals, by their very nature, are progressive; so, gay activists tend to vote liberal. On the contrary, conservatives tend to vote and express interest towards less-progressive, more traditional, familial values. To juxtapose the two ideologies, I will admit, taints the image of conservatives – liberals appear helping, caring, giving. Conservatives, on the other hand, appear materialistic, greedy and egotistic, because the typical conservative ideals hinder advancement of more contemporary concerns. I like to call liberals do-gooders, because, at least in my experience, liberals really think they’re helping. Again, this extends much beyond gay rights and gay activism. In comparison, conservatives are often the scapegoat, when there is objection to definition of human right, as they appear less compassionate towards individuals than liberals do, for previously mentioned reasons (traditional familial views, in this case).
Q: Off of this, do you think that resentment and aggression should be avoided from people on both sides of the debate?
A: Ideally, yes – it’s impossible to avoid, though. Political ideology is sort-of the root from which a person makes decisions. It’s shaped by everything from the person’s parents, to his school and religion, to his country and region of the world.
Q: What is your opinion on gay marriage? Should it be legalized or allowed in churches?
A: I am against all legalization of gay marriage; and, I support an amendment to the constitution that defines marriage as one man and one woman.
Q: Can you expand on your opinion on gay adoption? How would a child being raised by a gay couple suffer as compared to a child being raised by a heterosexual couple?
A: Essentially, my view is that the government should regulate adoption, with a law, or something of similar nature, so that in order to adopt a child, a family must be, in fact, a family – one man, woman. I question why we feel the need to allow gays living together the right to adopt children. As I said in my previous quote, I am against child abuse and think the government should stop abuse from occurring. So, in theory, I would think that a child with an unnatural upbringing (two dads, moms) is less affected, in the grand scheme of things, than an abused child. As an answer to the unasked question: yes, I would be pro gay adoption, if there were no traditional families to accept the government-taken, abused, children. But there is unassailable evidence that shows that, in the United States, there is a higher demand to adopt children than there are children to be adopted.
Q: How do you think the recent rise in the media of gay teens and couples on shows such as Glee, 90210, and Modern Family, affected people’s opinions of gay people? Has it affected your opinion at all? Do you think shows such as these are influential in shaping people’s outlook on gay rights? How so?
A: Yes, it has affected the opinion of people, by painting a stereotype of gays and giving air to the plight of gays. I find the media to be generally too left leaning. I watch Fox News, which has come to have negative connotations; I used to watch shows like Modern Family, but I don’t have too much time to watch them, right now; and, I have avoided Glee, since the show has, in my opinion, morphed into a documentary of the struggle through which gays must go. I think the show portrays gays as stereotypes, which is inaccurate. Not all gays manifest in such a flamboyant way – I would think that would upset the gay community. The fact that, often times, in shows like Glee or Modern Family, the “gay” is actually straight, only bolsters stereotypes. I don’t want to be painted as somebody with his head in the ground, though: I have been to Boystown in Chicago, I know and associate with gays and I disagree with gay violence.