Kentucky Equality Federation Urges the U.S. Senate to Deny Confirmation
- Kentucky Equality Federation Urges the U.S. Senate to Deny the
Confirmation of Dr. James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General
Kentucky Equality Federation condemns the nomination of Kentucky's Dr.
James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General and urges the U.S. Senate not
to confirm him.
Lexington, KY, June 11, 2007 -- Kentucky Equality Federation today
condemned the nomination of Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr. as U.S. Surgeon
Federation management had previously decided to remain largely quiet
on the issue since the Office of U.S. Surgeon General is not a
particularly powerful one, and has little direct impact on policy-making.
Earlier this week however Truth Wins Out, a group that debunks the
religious right, reported that Dr. James Holsinger helped found a
church in Lexington, Kentucky that operates an "ex-gay" ministry, a
practice strongly opposed by Kentucky Equality Federation.
In 2006 the American Psychiatric Association, backed by numerous other
mainstream medical organizations, issued a warning which stated:
"There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that
sexual orientation can be changed." The statement went on to say that
positions supported by ex-gay organizations "are not supported by the
science" and that they "create an environment in which prejudice and
discrimination can flourish." The medical and scientific consensus is
that reparative therapy is not effective and is potentially harmful.
"After reading some of the information and reports currently being
circulated in the gay community it is clear that Dr. Holsinger has
homophobic issues and isn't worthy to be a physician, much less U.S.
Surgeon General," stated Jordan Palmer, Kentucky Equality Federation
President. "If Holsinger is confirmed it will alienate the gay
community from the U.S. Public Health Service."
Kentucky Equality Federation will be sending its certified
condemnation of Dr. James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General to U.S.
Senator Ted Kennedy, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
"I think the committee needs to hear from Holsinger's home state,"
stated Palmer. "It is alarming that someone with a record such a
Holsinger's, a record of allowing his personal religious opinion to
influence his medical judgment, could be confirmed as our leading
spokesperson on matters of public health in the U.S. government."
Kentucky Equality Federation will be asking its 6,841 registered
members, as well as its 3,891 friends on the social networking website
MySpace.com to sign a petition urging the Senate to reject Holsinger's
For additional information, visit http://www.commonwealth-equality.org