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Third Circuit Upholds New Jersey's Ban on 'Ex-gay' Conversion Therapy for Minors

New jerseyThe Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld New Jersey's ban on 'ex-gay' conversion therapy for minors, which was being challenged by the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and other 'ex-gay' activists. 

Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law banning the dangerous practice.

Read the ruling below:

13-4429 #34586 - Judgment via Equality Case Files


Southern Baptist Pastor: Gays Should Be Put To Death, God Can Cure Homosexuality - VIDEO

Robert Gallaty

Robert Gallaty, a pastor at a Southern Baptist church near Chattanooga, Tennessee, said in a sermon last week that god wants LGBT people to be put to death, reports The Raw Story.

In the hour-long sermon, Gallaty also claimed that although Christians have repented for racism, they will never repent for homophobia because African-American people cannot change the color of their skin.

Said Gallaty:

“A black man can’t change his race, a white man can’t change his race, a homosexual can stop engaging in homosexual acts. See, sexuality is a choice. Gender and race are not.”

Explaining the biblical basis for the death penalty, he said:

“God said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live. So what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, god gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins… ‘If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.’”

Comparing homosexuality to addiction, he said that same-sex attractions is “the same desire I had to get high and score dope years ago.”

Gallaty also suggested that God is active in the “ex-gay” movement, claiming he told a gay member of his congregation that he “may have to remain single for the rest of your life...the cool thing is this: God, over time, will heal you.”

Back in June, Rick Perry made a similar claim when he said that a homosexual deciding not to be gay is the same as an alcoholic choosing to not have a drink.

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Former Exodus Leader Randy Thomas Is 'Glad' Courts Are Striking Down Discriminatory Bans on Gay Marriage

Randy Thomas, the former Executive Vice President of "ex-gay" group Exodus International who last year posted an open apology on his blog for the three decades of lies, pain, and suffering that his organization directed towards the LGBT community, has written a new personal reflection on his time with Exodus and how he is glad that courts are now striking down discriminatory marriage bans across the country.

ThomasWrites Thomas: 

The night that Prop 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida (both banning gay marriage) passed I was jubilant. I truly believed what we had done was right and good. In the following days, and for a while afterwards, I repeated the talking points I had willingly adopted. I truly believed what I was saying. What I didn’t make widely known was how heart-broken I was when I saw the gay community in California take to the streets. Their protests that night and in the days afterwards tugged at me. When I saw their grief-stricken faces my heart twisted in my chest. It was the first time in a long time I remember thinking, “did we do something wrong?” I quickly shoved that thought out of my mind as I joined my fellow religious activists celebrating the marriage “wins.”

Yet, the gay community with their protesting and sorrow filled faces would come back to haunt me over the years. Eventually the doubt over what we had done would get louder in my mind and change from a question to a conviction; a conviction that indeed we had done something terribly wrong. [...]

The part that breaks my heart, is that the night that Prop 8 (and other marriage bans) passed, we made it very clear to the gay community that policy was more important than they are. We made it clear that we thought that investing in rules was more important than sacrificially serving in honest relationship. We communicated that we valued the letter of the law more than the authentic expression of grace in the context of humbly living our lives and loving our neighbor. The message we sent was deeply damaging to our relationships with our gay neighbors and family members.

For my part in this, I deeply apologize.

Today, I can honestly say that I am glad that the courts are striking down all the marriage bans across the country. It is my hope that we (Christians) can learn from the past, make the appropriate amends, and rebuild dialog and relationships with the LGBT community.

The full post is available over at Thomas' website, which you can visit HERE

Last year, Exodus International - the most well known "ex-gay" ministry - closed its doors and its president Alan Chambers issued an apology "to the people within the LGBTQ community who have been hurt by the Church, Exodus International, and me."


'Ex-Gay' Awareness Summit Set To Converge On Washington, D.C.

Exgayconf

The Parents and Friends of 'Ex-Gays' & Gays (PFOX) is upping the ante on its ploy for an 'ex-gay' pride movement with another 'Ex-Gay' Awareness Month summit. Meant to posture 'ex-gays' and their supporters as a legitimate political movement, the annual summit consists of a number of social gatherings and a march on Capitol Hill designed to “[undermine] the whole effort of the homosexual lobby.”

Though last year’s summit failed to draw the tens-of-thousands of closeted 'ex-gays' PFOX organizer Christopher Doyle projected would be in attendance, this year’s summit hopes to draw interested 'ex-gay' politicos with the likes of one-time Presidential hopeful Alan Keyes, homophobic zealot Matt Barber, and current Fox News contributor Sandy Rios.

"Our second annual conference is sure to raise awareness about the serious issues that ex-gays face," PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs said in a press release. "We also welcome the families and friends of those living homosexually who support the ex-gay message that change is possible."

Those eager to contribute to the ex-gay’s influence on Congress can take advantage of a limited time early bird ticket discount of $10. Attendants unfamiliar with the ins and outs of marching on the Hill can take part in PFOX’s complimentary lobbying training seminar in addition to attending a number of “educational” seminars explaining the ways in which the 'ex-gay' community is being denied the manifold federal protections universally afforded to the LGBTQ community.

Watch footage of last year’s wildly successful 'Ex-Gay' Awareness summit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Robert Oscar Lopez: Same-Sex Marriage Is 'A Tidal Wave' Sweeping Up Children - VIDEO

Robert Oscar Lopez

In a July speech to the Stanford Anscombe Society, anti-gay activist and "ex-gay" Robert Oscar Lopez said that he cannot support same-sex marriage because it has become a “tidal wave” that has “swept up children,” reports Right Wing Watch.

The Stanford Anscombe Society aims “to help university students and young adults to promote the values of marriage, family, and sexual integrity to the broader popular culture” and “defines marriage as a union, until death, between one man and one woman.”

Lopez said that although he once supported same-sex marriage, many people “have chosen to yoke gay marriage and gay parenting together” which forced him into the opposing camp “because it ultimately means that in order to protect the sexual relationship between two adults, you have to shatter the relationship between a child and either his father or his mother.”

Lopez also attacked what he called “a very powerful gay lobby that has a lot of money” which works to “erase” the realities of life for LGBT people, including high rates of domestic violence in same-sex relationships,”rampant problems with depression, anxiety, eating disorders” and “the fact that HIV infection rate recently went up among boys 13 to 19.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hate Group Family Research Council Exploits Robin Williams' Suicide To Promote 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Peter sprigg

With a shameless lack of compassion, anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC) has used the death of Robin Williams to promote “ex-gay” therapy, reports On Top Magazine.

In a blog post published on Monday, Peter Sprigg, FRC’s senior fellow for policy studies, compared Williams' struggles with addiction and depression to people struggling with their sexual orientation.  

Comparing “ex-gay” therapy with addiction rehab, Sprigg asks why “socially liberal political activists” are not also trying to ban both:

“I ask the question because such activists are trying to ban a form of mental health treatment – not drug and alcohol rehabilitation, but 'sexual orientation change efforts' (SOCE), also known as 'sexual reorientation therapy.' Such therapy involves assisting people with unwanted same-sex attractions to overcome them.

“Whatever the motivation [for “ex-gay” therapy], there are those who have simply made a choice to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle, without clinical help – much like how Robin Williams simply stopped using drugs and alcohol in the 1980’s. Others have sought professional help, perhaps at the urging of family members, in the form of 'sexual reorientation therapy' – much like when Williams entered a formal alcohol rehab program in 2006. Whether simply through personal development, religious counseling, or with the help of a licensed or unlicensed counselor, thousands (if not millions) of people have experienced significant changes in one or more of the elements of their sexual orientation (attractions, behavior, or self-identification).”

Back in July, Sprigg said that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act represents a "direct assault on moral values," and is actually just an effort to legislate the "immorality of those who accept homosexual conduct."


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