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Surprise, Surprise: NOM Endorses Ex-Gay Therapy

July 14, 2011 9:34 am ET - by Carlos Maza

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has finally revealed what anybody who’s paying any attention already knew: NOM is opposed to homosexuality, not just same-sex marriage.

In a July 13 blog post, NOM wondered why GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, was being “targeted by gay activists” after it was revealed that he currently runs a Christian counseling center thatallegedly offers “ ‘ex-gay’ therapy” which many have described as being akin to attempts to “pray the gay away.

The LGBT community – and, for the most part, the mainstream media – has reacted with understandable outrage. “Ex-gay therapy” has been proven to be ineffective and dangerous for patients, which is why it’s been discreditedby every mainstream psychological and medical association in America. The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation through therapy isn’t just absurd, it’s the basis of every right-wing attempt to depict LGBT people as perverted deviants undeserving of equal treatment and respect.

Which is exactly why NOM is so eager to promote it.

In the post, NOM quotes a blog entry written by Greg Quinlan, president of the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). PFOX has become one of the most widely ridiculed organizations in the “ex-gay” movement for encouraging its members to take part in some truly absurd “treatments,” including “touch therapy” and “bang[ing]a tennis racket against a pillow while screaming” your “parents’ names” in order to induce flashbacks (I can’t make this stuff up).

NOM praises Quinlan for “com[ing] to Mr. Bachmann's defense -- and to the defense of others who are not given a voice.”

Here are some of the highlights from Quinlan’s post, which NOM graciously reblogged:

[T]he gay lobby… cannot bear to have even one homosexual leave homosexuality, hence their outrage at Dr. Bachmann.


As a registered nurse, I saw hundreds of gay men die of AIDS before I finally left the gay lifestyle.

Contrary to the myths being generated by outraged homosexuals, counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions is not prohibited by any medical association.


Because gays are a wealthy and politically powerful minority, they claim access to media attention, political power and corporate influence that middle America does not have. 

This isn’t the first time NOM has dabbled in promoting ex-gay therapy either. In May, the organization touted a Gallup poll which found that the number of Americans who believe people are “born gay” had stayed constant since 2001.

And, mind you, this is the same organization that has previously claimed its “battle is not with an orientation.”

I guess NOM’s rules of war have changed.


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