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Republican presidential candidate businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks to guests at Ashley's BBQ Bash hosted by Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA) on August 6, 2023, in Cedar Rapids, IowaPhoto by Scott Olson/Getty Images

(LifeSiteNews) — After briefly veering a bit off course from his foundational TRUTH-grounded campaign, GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy seems to have made an important course correction.

A few weeks ago, the candidate declared unequivocally that homosexuality is “hardwired” at birth.

“The gay rights movement was predicated on the idea, which I’m quite sympathetic to, that the sex of the person that you’re attracted to is hardwired on the day you’re born,” Ramaswamy said in July.

His assertion that homosexuality is an immutable trait was based on an untruth – a lie – long advanced by the political left to increase unwarranted LGBT rights, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s unconscionable Obergefell decision that shredded society’s concept of marriage while throwing open the door to the plague of transgenderism.

LifeSiteNews challenged Ramaswamy in a commentary published Friday, August 12, citing scientific studies that “explode the false narrative that being ‘gay’ is an innate condition that is controlled or largely compelled by one’s genetic makeup,” according to a recent report by the Ruth Institute.

The report noted that despite decades of desperate research hoping to prove that homosexuality is an innate, immutable trait, even the American Psychological Association (APA) has been forced to conclude that “there is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation.”

Course correction

By Sunday, August 14, just 48 hours later, the presidential hopeful had recalibrated his message, distancing himself from his previous statements asserting that homosexuality is innate.

In an X (formerly Twitter) post about an impromptu encounter with a self-identifying “pansexual” activist at the Iowa State Fair caught on video, Ramaswamy stated there is “no gay gene” while citing the conflicting beliefs maintained by the LGBTQ+ political left in order to justify ongoing erosion of immutable truth as a matter of law, regulation, and culture:

The LGBTQ movement protests that the sex of the person you’re attracted to is hardwired at birth even though there’s no gay gene, yet *also* requires you to believe that your sex is totally fluid over the course of life even though there’s clearly a sex chromosome. You can’t believe both of these things at once, yet they call you a bigot unless you do. That’s just the hard TRUTH.

The activist approached Ramaswamy and asked, “What were your opinions on the LGBTQ+ community?”

“I don’t think it’s one community,” Ramaswamy said. “I mean, how could it be? Just mash together an alphabet soup. Trans is fundamentally in tension with gay if you ask me.”

Questioned about same-sex couples, he indicated that he doesn’t “have a negative view of same-sex couples, but I do have a negative view of a tyranny of the minority.”

He continued:

I think that in the name of protecting against the tyranny of the majority – and there are times in this country’s history where we have had a tyranny of the majority — we have now in the name of protecting against tyranny of the majority created a new tyranny of the minority.

And I think that that’s wrong. I don’t think that somebody who’s religious should be forced to officiate a wedding that they disagree with.

I don’t think somebody who is a woman who’s worked really hard for her achievements should be forced to compete against a biological man in a swim competition.

I don’t think that somebody who’s a woman that respects her bodily autonomy and dignity should be forced to change clothes in a locker room with a man.

That’s not freedom. That’s oppression.

And so I believe that we live in a country where free adults should be free to dress how they want, behave how they want and that’s fine, but you don’t oppress you don’t become oppressive by foisting that on others, and that especially includes kids because kids aren’t the same as adults. And so I think adults are free to make whatever choices they want, but do not foist that ideology onto children before children are in a position as adults to make decisions for themselves.

And so I think a lot of the frustration in the country, and if I’m being really honest that I also share, comes from that new culture of oppression where saying those things can actually get somebody punished.

The video that was published on X quickly went viral, garnering over 2 million views.

Jordan Peterson recently noted that “Ramaswamy is bright, articulate, and unflappable.”

Ramaswamy is a member of the advisory board “Alliance for Responsible Citizenship” (ARC), a global movement founded by Peterson to push back against the influence of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

He’s also proving to be intellectually curious and honest, exceedingly uncommon but sorely needed traits in the world of politics.

“This is shaping up to be some interesting election,” Peterson added.

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Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.