Wednesday, May 17, 2006

In Case You Thought the Ex-Gay Movement Wasn't About Politics

Via Pam's House Blend, the President of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania had this to say in a press release about the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment (emphasis mine):
Homosexuals have a right to live their lives as they want, but they do no have a right to force our society to redefine marriage and family...Those involved in the homosexual lifestyle have never been forced to sit at the back of the bus nor are there water fountains labeled ‘Gay Only.’ The thousands of ex-gays in this country show that people are not born ‘gay.’
My first comment is that even by the most conservative count of gays in this country, they number in the millions, so if we take the "thousands" number at face value, we're talking about a pretty tiny number of successful ex-gays. Should we really be making public policy about a minority group because a miniscule fraction of them claim to be able to change?

My second comment is actually a question. How long are anti-gay and ex-gay people going to get to wildly throw out the number of ex-gays in this country without providing any proof or even keeping the numbers consistent between press releases?

If the ex-gay movement is actually about helping gays grow closer to Jesus, shouldn't the ex-gay leaders work harder to keep their movement from becoming the very heart of one of the most intense political debates of this generation? Just a thought.


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