Letter: Sexual diversity in nature not really comparable to human homosexuality

May 22, 2013 

James Thielman's letter on May 6, "Arlene's Hermaphrodites," brought up some interesting points. He quoted from a New York Times article written by biologist David George Haskell regarding various sexual diversities we see in nature.

He mentioned cherry blossoms that contain both male and female sexes, snails and fungi. There are a variety of species that are asexual, change sexes during their life span, or rely on other methods of sexuality. For example, Greenflies clone themselves once every 20 minutes. Whiptail lizards, aphids, some bees, wasps and hornets, some fish and water fleas, reproduce by parthenogenesis (no fertilization). So do Komodo Dragons, some sharks, and some snails. The list is long.

However, all of these wonderful creations of God (my personal choice), natural selection or whatever method you happen to believe in have one little thing they can do that two gay men or two lesbian women cannot. Well it's really not a little thing; in fact, it is extremely huge. All those other nontraditional parings reproduce. They propagate their individual species. They do not engage in their respective acts simply out of desire, so you cannot compare the two concepts.

LOUIE D. SMITH, Hermiston

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