NOM prez in '05: Gay 'change' can 'prevent your child from embracing this destructive way of life'
Since Maggie Gallagher's MSNBC denials have brought her and the National Organization for Marriage's not infrequent pushes for "ex-gayness" into a new light, I thought I should remind folks of one more. This one comes from 2005 and finds NOM president Brian Brown -- who just this past year touted a (flawed, deeply faith-based) "ex-gay" study by saying, "Even those who disagree with us about gay marriage (or Christian sexual ethics) should feel good about this this scientific verification of the possibility of free will triumphing over desire. We are all more than our instincts, sexual or otherwise" -- advocating for Exodus International's so-called "Love Won Out" program of "gay" "change." In fact Brian, who was then serving as the head of the Family Insititute of Connecticut, called it a way for parents to "prevent your child from embracing this destructive way of life":
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Family Institute of CT (archive)
It's possible that Brian has himself changed in the ensuing 6.5 years. Although considering his aforementioned "change" advocacy from 2011, that seems unlikely.
Plus it's just so foundational. I know lots of people who oppose same-sex marriage but who would never position homosexuality as something "destructive" from which someone can or should be "changed." So that Brian, while heading up Connecticut's largest "pro-family" group and therefore coming in contact with LGBT people/concerns on a daily basis, would even have the mind to go to there? Well it says so much about what is really underlying his beliefs. So much about what is fueling NOM.
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