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04/12/2005

PFOX celebrates pro 'ex-gay'/anti 'true-gay' legislative attempt

by Jeremy Hooper

alexOur "ex-gay" lovin' buddies at PFOX are p-fawning over Maryland Senator Alex Mooney (pic.) and his recent attempt to add "former homosexuals" as a protected class under the state's proposed sexual orientation hate crimes bill. The PFOXers are trying their damnedest to paint Mooney's push as a momentous moment for "ex-gay" rights, saying they believe it's "the first time ex-gay legislation has been introduced anywhere in the country."

But what the PFOXers neglect to tell you is that Mr. Mooney is the leader of the opposition to eliminate the hate-ridding legislation, and that he made the "former homosexual" addendum as a means to mock the bill. In addition to "former homosexuals," Mooney also tried to add the oh-so oppressed classes of teachers, pregnant women, police officers, nurses, and the obese, among others.

Furthermore, in '04 Mooney did successfully kill a gay-friendly hate crimes bill by threatening to introduce similar ridiculous amendments, which constituted a filibuster. This forced the bill to be special ordered and it didn't come up again for a vote - thus the reason why it's still up for debate in '05.

So essentially the PFOXers are celebrating the fact that an openly anti-gay Senator tried, and consistently tries, to kill gay-friendly legislation. Strange considering their name is "Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays AND Gays," even if their acronymal representation does neglect the "and gays" part (PFOXAG must not have sounded as nice).

So wait a minute - Could it possibly be that the PFOXers really don't care about the gays and that their whole 'to-do' is just a carefully orchestrated way of passing off anti-gay sentiment through a message of false compassion? Like, I don't know, maybe if they convince people that homosexuality is as easy to change as one's undies then they can discredit the necessity of gay rights?

Why you crafty little beavers! And here we thought we were p-friends!

Ex-Gay Legislation Introduced in Hate Crimes Bill [PFOX Press Release]

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