Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Science shows same-sex relations among many animals
To answer right-wing claims that homosexuality is “unnatural” and willful (and assertions that this the main reason to oppose it), one can look at a New York Times story today, front page, by James Gorman, “Amorous Squid Seeks Partner: Any Sex will Do”, link here.
This particular species of squid can’t “see” its partner well enough and simply offers its sperm like it was spam, to anything. Many species of squid die immediately after reproduction, however.
The article discusses Bonobo chimps, and dolphins, as well as albatrosses, and even some insects that practice “traumatic insemination”. Albatrosses raise their young in female-paired couples. Male sea horses carry their young.
Perhaps one could call some of these examples "homosocial".
So the bigger natural law is that nature is diverse.