April 23, 2012 2:25 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) reaffirmed its support for “ex-gay” therapy on Monday, once again disproving the group’s promise that its “battle is not with an orientation.”
A would be therapist is kicked out of a program and called a threat to "public safety" because he says he used to live as a gay man and no longer does. Therapists warned their licenses will be threatened if they try to help patients who want help with same-sex attraction.
Whether you are gay or not, the withdrawal of all assistance in helping people live the lives they choose--and the punitive attitude towards scientific discussion and professional practice--is chilling. An incredible repression not only of speech, and employment, but of science itself. [emphasis added]
Despite NOM's suggestion that this is a repression of "science itself," the practice of “ex-gay” therapy has been deemed ineffective and potentially harmful by nearly every major medical association in America. Current and former leaders of the “ex-gay” movement have seriously questioned whether it’s possible for people to change their sexual orientation. And just last week, the psychiatrist behind one of the most widely cited “ex-gay” studies retracted his original claims, admitting that the critiques of his study “are largely correct.”
Despite “ex-gay” therapy’s widespread marginalization, NOM has continued to promote the practice:
In February, NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher inaccurately denied that her organization had ever promoted “ex-gay” therapy, stating that she keeps “close track of” what gets posted to NOM’s blog.
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