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09/18/2013 06:52 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Debunking the Junk Science 'Proving' Gay Marriage Is Wrong

Some arguments are simply not worth responding to. Because of how essentially non-thought-provoking and illogical they are, they tend to internally destroy themselves from their very premise. This could be said for Chibuihem Stanley Amalaha's supposed "scientific proof" that gay marriage is wrong. Nevertheless, it is very important that I respond to his argument because of the context in which it is provided. Nigeria, as it is, is already very unwelcoming to the gay community, and Chibuihem's argument gives people an allegedly scientific basis to justify their ignorance about the gay community.

Chibuihem argues that certain basic theories in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics and their natural consequences work to disprove the idea that gay marriage is or should be acceptable. He supposes that because like magnetic charges repel each other, and because opposite charges attract each other, then it must follow that people of the same sex should not be attracted to one another and that attraction should only occur between people of the opposite sex.

From chemistry he takes the principle of neutralization reactions to "prove" his theory. In neutralization reactions, acids and bases react to produce salt and water, but an acid cannot react with an acid, and a base cannot react with a base. From that idea he goes on to suppose that that is the reason that people of the same sex should not be together. In biology he supposes that homosexual behavior does not exist among non-human animals in nature (even though that has been disproved), and with respect to mathematics, he uses the principles of commutativity and idempotence to arrive at the conclusion that same-sex marriage is wrong.

His use of basic, elementary-school-level science and mathematics to "prove" that gay marriage is wrong does not even begin to grasp and address the complexities of human sexuality. The fact that he associates human sexuality with the workings of magnetic fields, acids and bases, etc., is itself very questionable, but his "theory" as a whole does not factor in our intricate psychological responses to our social realities. Simply put, his theory is ridiculous, and it's both embarrassing and infuriating that he seems to be receiving support from professors at the University of Lagos, where he's doing his postgraduate studies. Some of them have even gone as far as to tell him that he might win a Nobel prize for his work.

His theory seems desperate. He seems to have started from his own conclusion that same-sex marriage is wrong and worked his way backwards, trying as much as possible to make scientific theories bend to his conclusion on gay marriage. And for some deluded and elusive reason, he seems to believe that that somehow constitutes "scientific proof." The way he reduces the diversity of human sexuality and strives to simplify it is what ultimately destroys his argument.

In the context of Nigerian society, homosexuality is already seen as morally wrong, and with the Senate and the House of Commons having approved an anti-gay bill that currently awaits presidential assent, being gay may soon have serious legal consequences too. Now is the time to introduce befitting discourse into the discussion of gay culture in Nigeria and how acceptance of that culture can be fostered, not garbage masked as "scientific proof." It is quite unfortunate, actually, that a stark majority of Nigerians believes so strongly in the moral and legal criminalization of homosexuality, and to such a gruesome extent, that we are willing to sacrifice the sanctity of the scientific process to maintain that worldview.

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