October 14th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Obama: I believe homosexuality isn't a choice

President Obama said Thursday that he believes homosexuality is not a choice, but the result of people being born with "a certain make-up."

His comment came during a town hall-style event - hosted by Viacom's BET, CMT and MTV networks - in which students asked him questions.

A student asked Obama if he believed homosexuality is a choice. Obama responded he was no expert, then added: "I don't think it's a choice. I think people are born with a certain make-up."

"We're all children of God," Obama said. "We don't make determinations about who we love. That's why I think discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is wrong."

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  1. The Truth

    Ya ever notice how CNN makes headline statements then disappears? They love this stuff. Silly Bubble Gum reporting.

    October 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Truth

    I agree 100 percent! Yes we can will be replaced by. Wish we could.In the lack of leadership, people will eat whatever they are feed! Mostly bull crap to this point! Have a great evening everyone.

    October 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fronk

    I think he's got it right but leaves out the essential effects that a person's environment brings to inhibit free expression of what a person finds attractive – entirely ® subjective and psychological and most of it already hard-wired into the brain.
    Go figure.
    I applaud the President for pointing in the right direction. So many people do not like to consider all of the possibilities or are unable to thanks to being indoctrinated or ignorant.
    Good for the Prez!

    October 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lacey

    It doesnt matter if its a choice or not. Its time for people to stop making this an issue. People have the right to love whomever they choose. Those of u who disagree with that are in the wrong country. This is the land of the free! Remember?? It always take the wacky conservatives a long time to get used to a group of people who are not exactly like them. Its written all over our country's history. I think its sad that there are still people who have such a closed mind and continue to live in an openminded country! And thats coming from a straight married person! Kudos mr president! 🙂

    October 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      Kudos Mr. President? All he said was he believes it is not a choice. He still doesn't think they should get married. If anything he is just as bad a raceist now. He doesnt believe in gay marriage but he believes they dont have a choice for who they are? He mine as well make it so gay people cant vote if he is going to take away one "right" he mine as well take the other. He doesnt know what he is talking about.

      October 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • You reap what you sow!

      @Lacey it is the land of the free NOT the land of licentiousness

      October 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos

      Well said Lacey.
      "Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." – Thomas Jefferson.

      However, I am ambivalent as to the seriousness and focus of the President on this issue. Unless he waffles, like a soldier in a mine field, because of all the different parties he must deal with, especially those with such hateful views of humanity, blindfolded by their "Faith" on an mighty powerful yet cleverly "invisible" Divinity that demands, via an ancient poorly written book- by men, total control of their most precious commodity: Reason.

      October 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mick

    I dont see why the gay community is so happy. Obama will say anything for a vote. He still believes that marriage is between a man and a women (which he also probly said for some votes). He doesn't know or care if people are born gay or not... I have been reading all of these and why is it so terrible for a christian to say what they believe. Every time a Christian says something they are called closeminded. When someone bashes Christianity their intollerance is tollerable. People who bash Christians are more ignorant and closeminded than Christians.

    October 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Behavioral Science11577

      You are right Mick. Its all about votes and saying the right thing. 2012 election will not be as easy as 2008 and the fact that gays are coming out the wood works those are votes that will combat the right wing votes. I dont know what Obama really feels but i do know I would of said the same thing. he be a fool to say its a choice as an mundane person because it would be to Christian (religious). People are gay because all their lives they been told they are. Even the ones that seem gay at 3. As a blk man I seen white guys who i thought were gay but its was just a cuture dffernce of behavior. In the end God does love all people he does not like the behaviors.

      October 15, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      You can't play nice with one hand, while holding a demonic, insensitive, plain wrong book on the other hand. Drop the book. Do good deeds, not words, and no one will bash you. You don't have to belong to a religion or believe in a god(s) to be good. You just have to be good.

      October 15, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • You reap what you sow

      Depraved-Carlos: What for? We about to also lift High the Cross, too!

      October 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brian

    Anybody who knows gay people well enough to ask them about their "coming out" process and realization of being gay will know that it's NOT a choice. I have been friends and a relative to quite a few gay people, and ALL of them told me of how they knew when they were pre-teen, suffered as a closeted teenager, etc. The realization of being gay is traumatic and a major (if not leading) cause of teen suicide. The notion that it's a choice is ignorant and delusional (read: Christian).

    All these ignorant clowns who think it's a "choice" need to actually LISTEN to gay people tell their stories of how they knew they were naturally gay, just as most people know they're naturally straight. There's no "choice". It's just absurd ignorance at its most extreme.

    October 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sherri W.W.

    Commentors #21thru about #35 really,pretty much say most of the right things on this subject~about people who are Gay~or Not~ and about President Obama speaking on the issue.Good job Bloggers!~I am not gay,but I know a young woman who is~have known her since she was 4yrs.old!~She has been married~legally~for a long time~to another nice young woman.They both have educations,good jobs,and 3 children they are raising~and knowing them has taught me love&tolerance~not only about the "gay"issue,but about many things we all need to be tolerant about! Whether it be Race/Religion/Gays~whatever! There are bad&good in every part of life,and we NEED to STOP what we are DOING~to this country and all people!There is a lovely Muslim man who opened a store in our small town,and he is very ,very nice~and fun to talk to!~Lets see~HE speaks 7 languages!~No wonder we NEED to step up our education in this country~before EVERY nation gets ahead of us with schooling!~Never mind these extreme "crazies"that want to DISMANTLE our whole education system!~not to mention Laws&Healthcare~and Govt.itself!~DONT THROW THE GOVERNMENT OUT!~THROW THE EXTREME NUTS AND THEIR"LEADERS"OUT !!~NOW~BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

    October 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. You reap what you sow!

    Sounds like tears of another clown...

    October 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sherri W.W.

    Well~looks like some of our comments are "disappearing"afer we take time to write them tonight~there WAS 116 ON HERE.now only 112???~I thought the idea was to give EVERYBODY a chance to toss views back&forth!?~Anyway~whether someone is gay, whatever~as long as they are a good person SHOULD NOT MATTER~we ALL need to be more tolerant! And its GOOD FOR OUR President to take the lead,an guide us on things!

    October 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • The webmaster

      CNN has a blackhoke and whole just in articles disapear, as well as, comments that don't support network agenda!

      October 15, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Behavioral Science11577

      Yes in deed Sherri I posted 2 comments and only 1 made it even though it stated i had posted a dupilcate post that never appeared. Something are censured because the truth will save lives.

      October 15, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      agree, my comments are not being posted. There must be some flag words that shoots them down. Basically if I say nothing of substance it goes through. But the bigots' comments are surely coming through.

      October 15, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      i finally discovered that they have triggered words which will kill your comments. Don't use the word S E X unless you separated with spaces. Don't use the word H O M O unless you space it out, etc. So any of these words will do. Also the word B i b l e, can't use it. Good luck

      October 15, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. jerry

    people ARE NOT BORN GAY it is a choice its a lifestyle the chose to live please enough with this already

    October 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ronni

    JEHOVA GOD our CREATOR mad ADAM and EVE not ADAM and STEVE or EVE and EVA. He made man and woman to procreate. If being gay is not a choice then man is going on his own set of rules. Thats why JEHOVA said man cant govern his self let alone a nation. Poor judgement is not a good defense when armagedeon is here. We all r born with inate abilities. And if it was good in Jahs eyes then why was man thinking they could hide it and were undercover or in the cLoset. Man do what they want with out care and affection.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      @ronni amen preach the truth tell it like it is

      October 15, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Ancient book written by men more than 2000 years ago is NOT the word of anyone except theirs views of their world more than 2000 years ago. That is why it makes no sense today.

      October 15, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. sarah

    President Obama ws only stating an opinion! but it doesn't surprise me 2 read the negative remarks coming fr ertain people.. i for one, admire that our PRESIDENT spoke about this matter.. if i remember correctly no other president has had the guts 2 say something! kudos to u Mr President! makes me proud to have him as our PRESIDENT!

    October 15, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Nobama

      This idiot Obama scares me, so do lazy people tht knt spel & use idiot boards 7 txt wrdz whn writing 2 adults. Grow up little gay one!

      October 21, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    Anyone who is not gay wouldn't know the first thing about what it is to be gay. If you have not walked a mile in those shoes , you simply do not know. I do appreciate the ones who are more understanding and compassionate towards others. You so-called know-it-all christians need to get a serious reality check.

    October 15, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. George

    Sherri, you are correct. I've written at least three times posing a question with no profanity or anger, and CNN refuses to allow it to be seen. They are cowards and now I'm making it my mission to blog about it. You will be hearing from me CNN, in a setting you cannot control.

    October 15, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Same thing here. Many comments but they won't post them.

      October 15, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Carlos Sutter

    CNN is blocking my comments. Talk about Free Speech. I guess if I am not a bigot my comments get blocked. I have to post 10 times, different replies. Nothing. Thanks goodness for CNBC and NPR.

    October 15, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Nobama

      Try the thruth, try Fox News

      October 21, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
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