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Court Rules Ex-Homosexuals Are Protected- SFOG

Posted by on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:43 PM
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The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has ruled that former homosexuals must be recognized under the sexual orientation non-discrimination laws.
 
According to the court, under the D.C. Human Rights Act, sexual orientation does not require unchanging characteristics.
 
"We are gratified that the ex-gay community in Washington D.C. now has the same civil rights that gays enjoy," said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), which had filed the lawsuit against the District of Columbia government for failing to protect former homosexuals in the Nation's Capital.

PFOX filed a discrimination complaint against the National Education Association (NEA) for refusing to provide public accommodations to ex-homosexuals, but the D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR) sided with the NEA, saying that sexual orientation protection did not apply to former homosexuals.

"By failing to protect former homosexuals, the sexual orientation laws gave more rights to homosexuals than heterosexuals who were once gay," Griggs said in a statement. "So PFOX asked the Court to reverse OHR's decision, which it did. The Court held that ex-gays are a protected class under 'sexual orientation.'"

"All sexual orientation laws and programs nationwide should now provide true diversity and equality by including former homosexuals," said Greg Quinlan, a director of PFOX. "I have experienced more personal assaults as a former homosexual than I ever did as a gay man."
 
The NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus is an internal entity recognized by NEA for the purpose of attempting to influence NEA governance. Although caucuses do not speak for or act on behalf of the NEA, they do advise and lobby NEA governance, according to the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus Web site.

"PFOX calls on the NEA to add ex-gays to its sexual orientation resolutions which favor gays, bisexuals, and transgenders while denying equality to former homosexuals," said Griggs.
 
"The NEA must also stop its bias against the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus by appointing an ex-gay caucus member to the NEA Sexual Orientation Committee. This committee is staffed with members of the NEA's gay and transgender caucus, although the ex-gay caucus has asked for inclusion," Griggs added.
 
“Our caucus will work with NEA to develop policies that recognize the needs of ex-gays in our education system. We believe education is the best way to overcome society’s phobia of former homosexuals. The caucus will also advocate alternatives to homosexuality in school curriculum to ensure diversity,” Jeralee Smith, a former lesbian, said in a statement on the caucus’ Web site.

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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:46 PM

"Ex" homosexuals? How are they ex? I thought they were born like this....isn't that the arguement? 

Serenity7
by on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:49 PM

If they are ex homosexual. They were never gay to begin with. True gay people don't turn away from being Gay

PamR
by Pam on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:52 PM

A couple of things are confusing me. 

What kind of "public accomodations" for ex-gays are they talking about?

What kind of phobias are they speaking of?  If someone is an "ex-gay," aren't they a heterosexual?  And there are phobias about that?  If you are an "ex-gay," how is anyone going to know that unless you choose to tell them?  Aren't you just living your life as a straight person?

This seems like a way to get schools to be forced to teach that a person can be "cured" of homosexuality.

lilyrose73
by on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:54 PM


Quoting Serenity7:

If they are ex homosexual. They were never gay to begin with. True gay people don't turn away from being Gay

I agree...

 


 


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Stefanie1085
by Silver Member on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:56 PM

It confused me too, as well as the ladies in my other group I took it from ;). That's why I posted it. What does everyone else think? 

margroc
by on Aug. 26, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Or they are gay and are now living a lie

Quoting lilyrose73:


Quoting Serenity7:

If they are ex homosexual. They were never gay to begin with. True gay people don't turn away from being Gay

I agree...


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hsteele
by on Aug. 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM

That is what I thought.

Quoting margroc:

Or they are gay and are now living a lie

Quoting lilyrose73:


Quoting Serenity7:

If they are ex homosexual. They were never gay to begin with. True gay people don't turn away from being Gay

I agree...



Heather
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And the Devil is a railroad car."

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iluvmommyhood58
by Bronze Member on Aug. 26, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I'm sorry.. what? Ex-gay COMMUNITY? Ex-gay educators caucus? lmao. Come on. 

My head hurts. I just don't get it. Are we legally recognizing degrees of homosexuality? This is why I took issue with the hate speech legislation a little while back, preferential protection for... totally gray area. Is someone gay, are they not? Who knows? People don't even know this about themselves... 

MrsRStewart
by Bronze Member on Aug. 26, 2009 at 3:19 PM

This is so warped.


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Vampee_Mom
by on Aug. 26, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Like others. I'm confused.

If one is an "ex-gay" (lol) then doesn't that make them heterosexual...

So what special public accomodations need to be made available for hetersexuals?  What education does there need to be in regards to understanding, excepting  and not discriminating against heterosexuals?

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