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Maggie Gallagher Lies - Again - About Her Support For "Ex-Gay" Therapy

July 19, 2013 1:21 pm ET by Luke Brinker

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) co-founder Maggie Gallagher adamantly denied that she backs so-called "conversion therapy" for gays - despite having a long record of support for the scientifically discredited practice.

In a July 18 post for National Review Online's The Corner blog, Gallagher addressed criticisms of a recent post in which she condemned a consumer fraud lawsuit against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), a group notorious for practicing cruel and damaging forms of "ex-gay" therapy. Gallagher denied supporting conversion therapy, writing:

My last NRO post on Chuck Limandri and the case he will argue tomorrow in court in Jersey City has generated predictable headlines in the gay/left press that I'm now backing "conversion therapy." I don't back something called "conversion therapy."  I don't even really know what conversion therapy is, and I'm not qualified to express an opinion on a particular kind of therapy.

Gallagher is lying. In 2001, she wrote an article for explicitly calling for more federal funding for research into "ex-gay" therapy, calling homosexuality "a sexual dysfunction":

Dr. Robert L. Spitzer is a brave man.

He was a brave man back in 1973 when, as a member of the American Psychiatric Association's Task Force on Nomenclature, he met with gay activists. As a result of his intervention, the APA, while rejecting the argument that homosexuality is "a normal variant of human sexuality," agreed it "does not necessarily constitute a disorder."

He was an even braver man this week when he reported the results of a new study of 200 "ex-gays": "(S)ome people can change from gay to straight, and we ought to acknowledge that," as he told the Associated Press.


I believe there is rather powerful evidence that human beings are a two-sex species, designed for sexual rather than asexual reproduction. If this is true, then the absence of desire for the opposite sex represents, at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility. Human beings seeking help in overcoming sexual dysfunctions deserve our respect and support (and may I mention, President Bush, more research dollars?). [emphasis added]

This isn't the first time Gallagher has lied about her support for "ex-gay" therapy. In February 2012, she appeared on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes, where she asserted that despite NOM's frequent promotion of pro-conversion therapy articles, neither she nor the organization backed the practice.

Her organization has consistently trumpeted  "ex-gay" therapy, including urging supporters to oppose a ban on the degrading practice.

Considering the awful and ridiculous techniques groups like JONAH use to try and turn gay people straight, it's not surprising that Gallagher suddenly wants to play dumb about her own support for the practice. Unfortunately for her, her support for "ex-gay" therapy is already well-documented.


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