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12/12/2012

Professional 'ex-gays' continue to speak, continue to help our side

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2012-12-12 At 10.14.53 Am Greg Quinlan, the self-identified "ex-gay" who runs the PFOX advocacy group, continues to help us connect the dots between the anti-equality movement's fight against marriage equality in the court and generalized animus for gays as people. Speaking about the pending Supreme Court fight, Quinlan tells the American Family Association's One News Now:

"Mr. Olsen and his colleague are doing everything that they can to normalize homosexual behavior, which is an attack on society as a whole and our faith," the PFOX president contends. [ONN]

And that's the way so many of them feel. In court, the pragmatic lawyers will surely talk in terms of rights and benefits and state/federal interest. But just a small step outside that bubble will tell a different tale.

And before you think Quinlan in disconnected from the larger movement, consider a few things: (1) Peter Sprigg, Senior Policy Fellow for the extremely connected Family Research Council, serves on the board of Quinlan's group. (2) Quinlan was invited to sit on a marriage panel in Maryland, right alongside the official campaign head. (3) The National Organization For Marriage's properties have eagerly promoted Quinlan's work. Etc.

Not everyone who opposes marriage equality opposes LGBT people. Obviously. However, it is just a fact that the organized movement that fights against us in court is teeming with thought leaders who routinely making their larger, more sweeping condemnations known. I wish it weren't so, but it simply is. At some point, the other side is going to have to own the obvious reality of their own cause.

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