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On homosexuality

The article "Drawing the rights line" (Open Page, Oct. 29) is unjustifiably judgmental. The statements "There are no homosexuals among any species of animals. Such practice is fundamentally against nature" take the cake. The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo has just opened an exhibition of gay animals, "Against Nature?" The author may be shocked to learn that there are recorded instances of homosexuality in more than 1500 species — male Amazonian dolphins, female bottlenose dolphins (the second most intelligent species), flamingos, killer-whales among them.

Raghuram Ekambaram,
New Delhi

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Not everything that is abnormal ought to be declared a crime. If it were so, even left-handedness can be declared a crime! The author's claim that there are no homosexuals in any species of animals is factually incorrect. The webpage http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-14-2005-65757.asp has text from Guardian contradicting her claim.

Srikant Iyer,
Chennai

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It is a matter of concern that we still have laws that discriminate against citizens on the basis of their sexual orientation. Not only do such laws violate an individual's right to equality but also have a serious impact on public health.

It is not enough for a country to grow just economically as it develops. Broadmindedness, and a greater understanding and tolerance for people's preferences are the attributes of a true democratic society.

Joshitha Vijayan,
New Delhi

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The article is more dogmatic than analytical. The author fears that the removal of the stigma attached to MSM behaviour will endanger the next generation. This is because she and persons like her believe that there is `stigma' attached to homosexuality. If homosexuality is accepted as natural behaviour, the question of stigma does not arise.

What makes the author think that such acceptance will lead to an increase in the number of people with such "undesirable" and "abnormal" behaviour? Does she think it will make a naturally heterosexual person homosexual?

N.K. Raghavendran,
Bangalore

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