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02/04/2013

Video: Peter Sprigg wants to 'change' us. All else is noise #glaadcap

by Jeremy Hooper

Once again, Carol Costello does a pretty good job pushing back against Peter Sprigg, one of the more hostile voices working in the anti-LGBT movement. However, the key issue underlying Peter's work still goes unaddressed. Watch the clip and I'll meet you on the other side:

Okay, so it's hard to watch this clip and not understand Peter's extreme agenda. Costello is properly appalled by Peter's attempt to link gays to pedophiles. That's good. Peter has earned this kind of response.

But what people still miss, largely, when looking at pundits like Peter? The fact that he just plain doesn't want people being gay. In fact, Peter, a board member of the "ex-gay" group PFOX, admitted his larger agenda just hours before this CNN appearance:

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This is the puzzle piece that informs all else. If one believes that gay people must "change," that is not just part of the story—THAT IS THE STORY! There is no way that a person who believes this way is going to support any policy that works to make life better, easier, and fair for LGBT people. He doesn't just want to keep us out of khaki, merit badge–adorned outfits; Peter Sprigg wants us "converted" into something other than what we are.

This is the conversation we have to be having. "Ex-gay" is not some oddity that exists in a separate realm from the rest of FRC's advocacy. "Changing" us is FRC's stated goal. Accurately representing that, their stated endgame, is the only way to honestly inform viewers about how intense and overreaching the anti-LGBT agenda truly is.

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