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NOM Still Defending “Ex-Gay” Therapy

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.” 

In an April 23 blog post, NOM condemned new guidelines in the UK barring medical professionals from encouraging gay patients to try and change or alter their sexual 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.

Previously:

Oops: NOM Accidentally Debunks Its Own Anti-Equality Talking Point

NOM’s 'Dump Starbucks' Campaign Is An International Flop, Too

NOM Employee Promotes Transphobic Ads To Attack Alaska Non-Discrimination Measure

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