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    ... From: pfox_exgays To: ex-gay@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 3:14 PM Subject: [ex-gay] legal Group Prepares Legal Challenge to Born Gay
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      From: pfox_exgays
      To: ex-gay@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 3:14 PM
      Subject: [ex-gay] legal


      Group Prepares Legal Challenge to 'Born Gay' Theory
      By Lawrence Morahan
      CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
      October 29, 2003

      (CNSNews.com) - A coalition representing former homosexuals is
      developing a legal strategy to litigate on behalf of people who
      challenge the proposition that individuals are "born gay."

      The group also is seeking to promote the idea, particularly among
      schoolchildren, that people can overcome unwanted homosexual
      attractions.

      Arthur Goldberg, president of Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality
      and co-director of Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality,
      said the coalition intends to stress the concept of diversity, a
      concept he said homosexual advocacy groups have misrepresented to
      promote the concept that people can't change.

      "We want to make sure that people understand the diversity, that this
      is an open forum. We want toleration of those who have been able to
      successfully change and get their rights recognized as real rights,"
      Goldberg said

      Dr. Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College, Pa., and
      a supporter of the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX,
      said the coalition aims to correctly portray the current state of
      research concerning sexual orientation.

      "There are two broad views about the origins of homosexuality - one
      being related to environmental factors and one being primarily
      related to genetic factors," said Throckmorton. "The truth is, the
      science on the subject is so unclear that we can't really say with
      certainty that we know what the role of any of those factors are."

      Since homosexuality cannot be identified by immutable genetic traits,
      such as skin or hair color, spokesmen for the coalition said
      policymakers should be allowed to hear that thousands of people who
      used to consider themselves homosexuals now are living as
      heterosexuals.

      Coalition members also want to see an end to what they consider
      reverse discrimination by institutions. Since homosexuality is no
      longer considered a disorder, neither should recovery from
      homosexuality be considered a disorder, they said.

      Goldberg described so-called ex-gays, who he said are fighting a two-
      front war, as "the most repressed minority in the world."

      "They're fighting an internal battle with their own unfilled
      emotional needs on the one side, and on the other, they're fighting
      society, which is telling them to accept it," Goldberg said.

      Indeed, institutions that suppress the message could put themselves
      in legal jeopardy. According to Goldberg, schools and universities
      that tell questioning individuals homosexuality is genetic may be
      liable in lawsuits if clients endanger themselves or others by
      engaging in sex acts on the advice of school counselors or
      psychologists.

      Data show that an individual's environment clearly plays a role in
      forming sexual attitudes, Throckmorton said. Also, there may be some
      factors that would be loosely called genetic that influence sexual
      choice in some way.

      "But to say that we have any kind of clarity about the way that would
      occur is just wrong," Throckmorton said.

      The message that homosexuality is determined genetically could give
      homosexual advocacy organizations more ammunition in calls for
      special legislation and enactment of hate crimes laws.

      Conservative groups said they would use same-sex marriage as an issue
      to rally voters in the 2004 presidential election.

      Mark Mead, a spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans, a homosexual
      advocacy group within the GOP, discounted the message that
      homosexuals can change and claimed telling people they can is not
      likely to be helpful.

      "Most of the people I know who claim to have changed usually end up
      getting caught in gay bars or in gay relationships. I think that
      message has been dismissed by most folks with common sense," Mead
      said.

      But Throckmorton said the coalition's primary objective was to reach
      policymakers, particularly in the field of education, "because so
      much of what the schools are teaching concerning sexual orientation
      is really suspicious from a scientific point of view."

      Many school authorities have adopted the "born gay - gay gene theory"
      as fact, ignoring a considerable scientific controversy over that
      theory, Throckmorton said.

      "Not just among evangelicals and secularists, but within the
      scientific community, there are many people who simply don't accept
      that the data support that theory," Throckmorton said.





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