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. Charlie

    Well, one can't argue when one's comments are being blocked by CNN, unless of course you say nonsense like Reap What you Sow

    October 15, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. kellen

    @you reap what you sew- Come out of the closet already! sheese.

    October 15, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. kellen

    sew.. bad speln really deflates one's argument. ha.

    October 15, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. sister

    my brother is gay. He said its not a choice and I believe him. lts a lot easier living straight... less hate towards hetero. He lives true to himself.

    October 15, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    This is not debate over religion or science. Do yall not see the big picture? May I continue?

    October 15, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    may i continue?

    October 15, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    waiting.

    October 15, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    ?

    October 15, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Voice of Reason

    Anyone who disagrees with the President on this is an idiot. To be clear, I am straight. I could no more be attracted to a man than I could be to a giraffe. This is nature, plain and simple, and that is the obvious and abundantly verified truth. Any other viewpoint is plainly the result of extraordinarily shabby thinking, which is often the consequence of the human affliction known as "religion."

    October 15, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Religion is indeed the opium of the masses, but so is any blind adherence to Dictatorships as in North Korea or China. The Irony is that in order to use 100% Reason, you can't have blind Faith, or have 0% Faith. And so those that pursue Religion like a Retriever chases a ball, seeks to achieve maximum Faith, as if that was a good thing, which means abandoning Reason, thus dumbing down reasoning in order to increase Faith. The result is exactly the presence of imbecile, incoherent comments, full of hatred, from men full of "Faith".

      October 15, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    sorry folks he is playing both sides. you knom what i dont care if a man likes a man or a woman likes a woman. if they care about each other great. to my point look what obama has done. launch another shuttle mission 600 million plus yeah for the space coast. start drilling again yeah for the gulf coast. oh no college students polls continue to drop amongst blacks ditto. what can he do except start grasping for straws. bet hispanics are next.

    October 15, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. I gotta say...

    I agree with the president on this one. I don't think anyone makes a choice to be gay. I do believe, however, they make a choice to live gay. In so saying, who are we to tell people how they should CHOOSE to live? What do you think?

    October 15, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. sister

    Well said, Sharling.

    October 15, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. David

    Is it election time again? he'll say anything at election time...

    October 15, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. donald

    Seems as though God has the floor. That is the way it should be. Now everyone just stop and listen for his soft voice and he will give all of us the true answer. We must accept it.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mattski

      In the words of Adam (not your Adam), "I reject your reality and replace it with my own".

      October 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • You reap what you sow

      @mattski...really? I believe you shaken that delusional brain of yours too hard and the icicled notions have yet to settled down.

      October 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jerry

    the BIBLE was written by godly men as the spirit gave them uterance GOD works through people every single prophecie intheBIBLE has come true and is coming true as we speak

    October 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos

      Why is your God incapable of speaking Himself? How come He can create an entire Universe, but needs people to transmit His views? Stop your nonsense, can't you see that you are trapped with this All Mighty, yet curiously invisible God, that you always has to be making up excuses to validate his existence with prophecies written after the events happened or nonsensical ones that are bound to happen anyway like "there will be wars, and earthquakes, and Tsunamis" Gee, anyone can predict that. Hey here is a prophecy: I predict that next year it will be hot and it will rain too. Your God is never there in person, always conveniently working through somebody else. Don't you think that this is a bit silly for a Divinity that created people but yet is unable to make himself appear? Why is it that you must endure his Greatness through only old ancient stories about Him. Sure in those days he used to show up everywhere, I mean, the stories say so (obviously not true), but let's say he did, Jerry, that was 3000 years ago! It seems those that wrote about him saw him, right? Well, where is He now? Have you seen him lately? Why is it that his visibility only shows up in ancient books? The reality is he wasn't ever there, it is simply written in a book, like the famous Sherlock Holmes, so fantastic were his investigations we forget that he was created by an astute writer. That is all there is Jerry about Jehovah, a great character created by the imagination of men to calm your fears, giving you hope of protection and Justice while asking you now 100% adherence to its confused and erroneous codes (because it was written by men, prone to make mistakes, as you know). But, the truth is not any worse than what it has always been. We have always been on our own, dependent always on our fellow men, and ourselves. Earthquakes and maladies come and go, good and bad people are killed by them, every time, Jerry. So we must continue to live on trying to be responsible for ALL our actions, respecting our neighbors so they in turn respect us, allowing them to be, so they allows to be as well. That is Peace.

      October 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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