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    Kentucky Equality Federation Urges the U.S. Senate to Deny the Confirmation of Dr. James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General Kentucky Equality Federation
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      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
      General.

      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
      nomination.

      For additional information, visit http://www.commonwealth-equality.org
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