Nine former water-carriers for 'ex-gayness' join all credible scientists in denouncing 'ex-gay' propaganda
Earlier this week I brought you my exclusive interview with Yvette Cantu Schneider, a longtime laborer with the scientifically discredited "ex-gay" movement who is now a strong critic of the junk science and its harm. Today I'm happy to report that Yvette has joined eight other former heads of "ex-gay" organizations in order to further drain the snake oil:
(San Francisco, CA, July 31, 2014)—Today, nine former leaders of so-called “ex-gay” ministries published a joint letter denouncing the dangerous practices of conversion therapy and lending their support to the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ #BornPerfect campaign to end conversion therapy in five years.
In the deeply personal letter, these nine leaders—including founders of Exodus International and Coming Back—recall their own struggles with being LGBT and what led them to propagate these ministries.
KEEP READING: Former Founders, Leaders, and Promoters of the “Ex-Gay” Movement Denounce Conversion Therapy and Stand with NCLR’s #BornPerfect [NCLR]
It's hard to think of a modern political contrivance of man that has harmed more people or further corrupted reasoned debate. Its overdue end cannot come soon enough.
The operative word is 'yet'
The head of Colorado's big anti-gay group responds to a court order demanding Boulder County stop issuing marriage license while the matter plays out on appeal:
Debbie Chaves of Colorado Family Action was asked for a response to the state court's decision.
"[I think] that is a good ruling to the issue because our Colorado Constitution still stands and our marriage amendment has not been shot down yet," she responds. "It is still in our Colorado Constitution and should be respected just like all of the other laws that are in our Constitution."
The key word there: yet. Her implied eventuality tells me that even Ms. Chaves realizes that the marriage amendment will be "shot down" soon enough.
And she's right. Ms. Chaves is working for a movement that now considers a delay to be a win. Slowly they are starting to process the fact that defeating us is not in their cards.
Video: Tony Perkins for politically-driven pastors to test (if not run afoul) tax exempt status
It seems like every year that I track this stuff, the anti-LGBT activists gets more assured of their "right" both act like political activists from the pulpit and maintain their tax exempt status. This year, one of the conservative movement's most prominent voices is essentially telling pastors that they can politicize all they want and the IRS can't do anything about it:
If they want a true scandal involving the IRS, then I encourage the conservative movement to very much buy into this track. I am confident where the American public at large will come down in this debate, should they get too confident about their "right" to sway elections from churches that our tax dollars subsidize.
Ruth Institute (former NOM affiliate): Same-sex marriage is as much of a wedge as interracial marriage bans
The anti-gay movement has fully lost it. In a new post for the Ruth Institute (which was an affiliate of the National Organization For Marriage up until late last year), Jennifer Johnson (who, curiously, was named Jennifer Thieme up until a few months ago) is literally saying that marriage equality for same-sex couples is essentially the same thing as marriage discrimination against interracial couples:
How, exactly, does same-sex marriage "endorse the separation of males and females based on sexual orientation"? I'm pretty sure that heterosexuals and bisexuals have sexual orientations, and opposite-sex unions endorse the unity of males and females based on sexual orientation; same-sex marriages endorse the unity of males and males and females and females based on sexual orientation (homosexual or bisexual). No separation needed. If you are in an opposite sex marriage and you are separating because of same-sex love then you have separated the facts at hand from the facts pertaining to the ring finger on your hand.
And to take the claim further and say that this "separation" is a cruelty on par with anti-miscegenation laws? As I said: fully lost it.
NOM finally admitting that marriage amendments are, in fact, bans
For years the National Organization For Marriage ran a section on its site demanding supporters never use the word "ban" when referring to marriage amendments since they know that honest language made them sound bad. Apparently times have change:
Closer to honest, NOM! Now append the word "discrimination" to the end of your organizational moniker and we'll all enjoy a more honest debate culture.
Kentucky's big anti-LGBT org hopes to pray away a fair court ruling on civil marriage
The Kentucky Family Foundation, the Bluegrass State's big pro-discrimination group, is currently waging a "10 days of prayer" campaign in which they hope their religious will might sway an independent judiciary that is bound to civil law rather than religious beliefs. Here's day three:
Day 3 [KY Fam Foundation]
Of course if the three judge panel did accept their standard for civil marriage as their personal faith defines it, that would be true judicial activism and it would spark justified outrage. But why should a group like this let a fact like that stop it from its myopic agenda?
Now word on which day they will pray against the non-believing straight people who marry in Kentucky every single day without any faith test or requirement.
Iowa's governor sponsoring anti-gay Family Leader summit?
The National Organization For Marriage, Family Research Council Action, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Focus on the Family's Citizenlink are all sponsors of the upcoming Family Leadership Summit, which is the project of Iowa's leading anti-LGBT organization, the Family Leader. The speaker roster is a who's who of anti-LGBT commentators, from FRC's Tony Perkins to Rick "man on dog" Santorum to the Benham brothers. You don't get much more anti-LGBT than this crew. This is an event with a clear (and alienating) agenda, put on by a man, Bob Vander Plaats, who has repeatedly referred to homosexual as a "public health risk."
Which is why I'm pretty damn disgusted that the state's current governor, Terry Branstad (R), has apparently hitched his reelection campaign to the event. According to The Family Leader, the Branstad campaign is an official supporting sponsor of the pointedly hostile shindig:
The Family Leader is the same organization that once attacked Branstad for sponsoring an event designed to protect LGBT youth by comparing homosexuality to playing dodge ball in the street. And yet Branstad thinks his path toward reelection is to sidle up alongside this kind of wanton (and dangerous) discrimination? Disgusting!
It's his campaign and not his office, so there's probably no real ethics violation here. Thought I'd say it's a huge violation against principled leadership, fair-minded governance, and the affirmation of the dignity of all Iowans.
Head of Virginia's top anti-gay org: One mean email proves 'the left' is sexist, intolerant
Victoria Cobb is the victim, y'all. After the 4th Circuit decided in favor of marriage equality in her state, the head of the Family Foundation of Virginia, the Old Dominion State's main organization for promoting discrimination against LGBT people, apparently received one nasty email that she found both intolerant and sexist. So clearly this means "the left" is hypocritical:
I receive many hateful voicemails and emails, usually expletive filled, when standing up for our shared values. Normally, we at The Family Foundation try to laugh about or ignore them. On occasion we have to share them with law enforcement due to their threatening nature. But, I received an email yesterday that I have to share because it epitomizes the hypocrisy and hysteria of the left.
The subject was “You are one stupid woman” and the message was just as short: “How does your husband put up with your [stuff]?” (“stuff” was obviously not the word used in the email).
It is fascinating to watch the tolerant and enlightened left revert to intolerant, sexist boors when confronted with a reasoned and intellectual argument in support of traditional marriage, defending the value of life or believing as our founders did in religious liberty.
Perhaps sexism, like tolerance is a one-way street for the left?
Oh please. If Victoria spent the day following a major development pertaining to her LGBT-centered work fielding only one nasty email, then she is very lucky. You should see my inbox! People sometimes use the internet to badmouth opponents; this is not news. All of us who do this kind of work receive our fair share of nasty grams.
But it is both reductive and offensive to suggest that a lone emailer's thoughts constitutes the view of "the left." If I connected Victoria to every nasty note I've received over the past nine years, then I would have to claim that she and her movement to be a band of foul-mouthed, thoroughly unChristian, exceedingly hostile folks who wish me maimed or dead many times over. I have many messages that would suggest as much. But I would never make that connection, obviously, because I know that these hostile (and almost always anonymous) emails are the exception, not the rule. And I much prefer to debate policy than to unfairly connect some random Jane or Joe to a political movement writ large.
I know that Victoria and her movement are doggedly determined to shift themselves into the "victim" box. It's not going to work. It's just making them look silly.