Christian group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) recently put up a controversial billboard on I-95 near Richmond, Virginia.
The billboard states: "Identical Twins. One Gay. One Not." and "Nobody Is Born Gay." The billboard also has two pictures of what it implies are twin brothers.
However, the model featured in the billboard, Kyle Roux, was actually used twice in the ad.
Roux is not a twin and says he is an "out and proud" gay man.
"I was obviously quite shocked, and that's why I decided that I would send you guys an email and say, 'Well, hey, I'm that guy in that billboard,'" Roux told NBC 12 (video below).
Roux added that the pictures were part of a stock photoshoot that he did almost 10 years ago. As with many models, Roux signed away his rights to the pictures and their usage.
"It just seems that there's no place in today's world for an organization that is promoting this as being some kind of a deviant or distasteful lifestyle, because I've lived my life openly gay and happy for my entire life," added Roux.
However, PFOX former board member Chris Doyle countered, "The issue is not the photo on the billboard; the issue is the actual science."
The PFOX website states:
We find it interesting that the attacks against the billboard and ex-gay community have nothing to do with the facts. Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay…Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. No-one is born gay.
PFOX links to a website run by Pastor Holland Davis who quotes Dr. Neil Whitehead as saying, "Because they [twins] have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%. If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.”
Whitehead cited a 2002 study by Drs. Bearman and Brueckner.
However, in 2003, The New York Times reported on a study that found identical twins often do not have the same allergies or asthma condition.
According to the Scientific American, a 2008 study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that in some identical twins, one of the twin's DNA was different from the other. One twin had a different number of copies of the same gene, which is called "copy number variants."
A new study published this year in "Forensic Science International: Genetics" noted that a German forensic genetics company was able to find different mutations (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) in the genes of identical twins, noted TheMarySue.com.