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The president of an ex-gay organization has tried to argue that the push for same-sex marriage, and the elimination of orientation-corrective therapy, is proof that the rights of heterosexuals are being infringed on in the Unites States.
"Homofascism will soon be, if it is not already, the greatest threat to our individual liberties in this country. So-called equality marriage is just the beginning," Greg Quinlan said in a statement. Quinlan is president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Executive Director of Equality and Justice For All.
Quinlan said in a recent statement that he feels the push for same-sex marriage is not really about equality, but about elevating gay people above others.
"The homosexual push for 'equal marriage,' otherwise known as genderless marriage, can only lead to a ban on heterosexual rights. With a President in power who endorses gay causes and readily misuses executive orders, and emboldened by their numerous wins for gay rights at the legislative and judicial level, homosexuals have now moved beyond equal rights to the 'more equal than you' level. As a result, gay organizations are working to ban that practice they fear the most -- heterosexual behavior," he continued.
Quinlan, who identifies as an ex-gay man, points out to the ban placed on reparative therapy for homosexual minors in the state of California, which was signed late in September by Gov. Jerry Brown. Besides banning the practice for Californian minors, the SB 1172 bill also requires more paperwork from adult patients who willingly sign up for reparative therapy.
"Many leading medical and mental health associations believe that homosexuality and homosexual desires are not a mental disorder, and therefore there is no need for a 'cure.' All medical evidence has shown that you cannot change a person's sexual orientation," Roy Sotero, a spokesman for State Sen. Ted Lieu and who pushed for the bill, said to CP.
Quinlan argues that such a plan pushes "confused" LGBT minors further into believing that they are gay.
"So for parents who discover that their son has been molested and is now sexually confused, their only option is to make an appointment with a gay affirming therapist because unlike heterosexual affirming therapy, gay affirming therapy has not been declared illegal in California even though such therapy has not been proven beneficial by the APA," he said.
The reasoning behind the ban, according to Quinlan, is to convince minors that there is no way for them to change their orientation, and thus strengthen the gay rights movement while limiting options to those who believe that change is possible through such therapy.
"The culture war is not slowing down; it's just beginning to gain steam as gay organizations turn to anti-heterosexual legislation, mandatory public approval of sodomy, federal funding of gay youth activist organizations and homosexual initiatives, required government training against 'homophobia,' 'heterosexism,' and 'transphobia,' etc., etc. This is more than a culture war; it is a war for our very own freedoms -- a war for the character and future of our nation," Quinlan concluded.