NOM promotes ‘surprisingly sympathetic’ piece on ‘ex-gays’
November 05, 2012, by Jeremy Hooper, Guest Contributor
But they're just throwing it out there, of course:
They say that this sort of advocacy is off topic for NOM, but is it really? I mean, consider what NOM's own key staffers have said and done in terms of gay "change":
- NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher has called homosexuality an "unfortunate thing," "at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility," and "a sexual disability preventing certain individuals from participating in the normal reproductive patterns of the human species." She has also suggested that gays "can always control their behavior," and even made a direct call for a sitting President to give more funding to scientifically-shunned "ex-gay" research. She also once advised gays to "pick a girl, love her, make a family."
- NOM president Brian Brown recently touted a (flawed, deeply faith-based) "ex-gay" study, saying "Even those who disagree with us about gay marriage (or Christian sexual ethics) should feel good about this this scientific verification of the possibility of free will triumphing over desire. We are all more than our instincts, sexual or otherwise" [SOURCE]. And while serving as Exec. Director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, he advocated for the so-called "Love Won Out" conference, saying it is a way to "prevent your child from embracing this destructive way of life."
- NOM's Culture Director, blogger, and "Next Generation Project" head Thomas Peters has advocated for Courage, a Catholic "change" organization. Peters has also said that the MSM intentionally denies that "change happens." Oh, and here's one of Thomas pushing a separate "12-step program for people with same-sex attraction."
- Jennifer Roback Morse, head of NOM's affiliate Ruth Institute says Catholics like herself don't "accept the category of gayness." She says of homosexuality, "I think we know that it is possible to have some relief from some of the symptoms." She admits she wants gays to "live a lifetime of celibacy." Her Ruth Institute has also proudly pushed press releases claiming that "change happens."
- Damian Goddard, the man who is working with NOM on the offensive "Marriage Anti-Defamation" project, also advocated for "Courage," the aforementioned organization geared towards helping LGBT Catholics "change." Goddard has also said that gays are "basically throwing away a gift that’s been given to you by God."
- Oh, and whoever runs the NOM Facebook page (maybe someone at Opus Fidelis, the Catholic firm NOM hired for social media outreach, or maybe even Thomas Peters himself) recently "liked" a comment in which a supporter touted the "formerly gay people that realized the wrong in it and felt the same emptiness and changed."
That is just some of what I have seen. Sure, the topic that NOM discusses in public tends to be focused on the organization's Catholic-driven view of marriage. But if one merely scratches the surface, there is a boatload of "ex-gay" advocacy bubbling underneath.
It's to wonder NOM's staff promoted a "surprisingly sympathetic" piece on so-called gay "change." After all, they're going to need a new cause once we on the side of equality win the marriage fight. And by "new cause," I of course mean the same cause that's already in place.