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There are also differences in hetero

regarding choice of homosexuality of eith

males and females both considered lesbian

choice than male homosexuality (Herek, 20

heterosexuals who believe that homosexual

overwhelmingly endorse the idea that it i

determined by environmental factors (Here

believe in a biological explanation as th

homosexuality are much less restrictive t

i.e., these individuals are much more acc

to support protections and human rights f

than those who believe in a psychological

Innala,

2002).

Similarly,

the

belief

tha

control their homosexuality has also been

levels of homophobia (Herek & Capitanio,

Some of the data researching the bel

model of homosexuality is connected to th

science that examines the belief that obe

their obesity (Crandall & Martinez, 1996;

Comparable to the finding that individual

obesity is a controllable behavioral trai

towards overweight individuals, individua

homosexuality is a controllable behaviora

prejudicial attitudes toward gay men and

32

sexual opinions

er gay men or lesbians;

ism to be more of a

02b). In addition,

ity is not a choice

s innate and not

k, 2002b). People who

e etiology of

owards homosexuals;

epting and more willing

or gays and lesbians

explanation (Landen &

t homosexuals can

correlated to high

1995).

ief in the free-choice

e body of social

se individuals choose

Sakalli, 2002).

s who believe that

t are more prejudiced

ls who believe that

l trait have more

lesbians than those who

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