Title

It’s Gay Rights, Not Gay Genes, That Matter

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

2-28-2007

Publisher

History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University

Abstract

The “gay sheep” research on rams from the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho set off a firestorm of controversy. In an effort to understand what causes homosexuality in rams (which inhibits breeding), scientists sought to produce artificially same-sex preference behavior in male sheep. If they could figure out how to make sheep gay, perhaps they could figure out how to make them straight.