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09/15/2010

Okay, so O'Donnell defeated a Castle -- but what about her 'ex-gay' house of cards?

by Jeremy Hooper

Nobody knows the "ex-gay" movers and mistakers better than Wayne Besen. So when it comes to GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Christine O'Donnell's past work and current need to acknowledge the damage she has perpetrated in the name of junk science, we defer to our pal Wayne:

Truth Wins Out called on GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, last night’s victorious Tea Party candidate in Delaware, to apologize for running a failed “ex-gay” ministry while she headed the Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT). O’Donnell heavily promoted the “ex-gay” industry and hired Wade Richards, an “ex-gay” poster-boy, to deliver this message .

“Christine O’Donnell is an extremist and was a staunch supporter of the lie that people can ‘pray away the gay’,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “It is time that she apologize for harming people with her failed ‘ex-gay’ program and for pushing a lie that obviously did not work.”

SALT staff member, Wade Richards, came out of the closet and renounced the “ex-gay” ministries in an August 14, 2000 Advocate magazine article.

“I’ve been through so much in my life already,” Richards, 21, told the Advocate in 2000. “But the one constant is I’m gay. I just want to spend some time being who I am.”

Richards made the decision to come out after he and Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen, who at the time worked for The Human Rights Campaign, debated on the Alan Colmes Radio Show. Richards was featured in the movie “Fish Can’t Fly”, which detailed the harm done by “ex-gay” organizations.

TWO Calls On Delaware GOP Senate Nominee Christine O’Donnell To Apologize For Running Failed Ex-Gay Program [TWO]

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**UPDATE: Digging through Christine's archives: Delaware, meet your potential next Senator [G-A-Y]

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