Ex-Gay Group to SCOTUS: Gays can Covert & Marry Opposite Sex


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday April 27, 2015

Ex-Gay Group to SCOTUS: Gays can Covert & Marry Opposite Sex

Prior to this week when the United States Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments in the landmark case that may decided the issue of nationwide marriage equality, a group of ex-gay supporters who advocate for dangerous conversion therapy weighed in with their opinion on the matter.

In an amicus brief quietly filed in on April 6, the ex-gay support group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) argued that marriage should not be redefined because gays and lesbians could undergo therapy and marry members of the opposite sex.

"Marriage in America should not be redefined based on those who claim loving people of the same-sex as the basis for redefining marriage laws to include legalizing marriage between people of the same sex," said Regina Griggs of PFOX. "We know from research, and from the thousands of ex-gays who have left the homosexual lifestyle and gone on to marry people of the opposite sex and raise a family, that homosexuality is not immutable."

According to a statement released by PFOX , the brief they filed with the Supreme Court consists of the following four arguments:

• Sexual orientation is not an immutable characteristic "determined solely by the accident of birth" and, thus, cannot be a suspect class.

• Recognition of ex-gays as a group, by government authorities and other organizations, undermines the assertion that sexual orientation is immutable.

• The life stories of thousands of ex-gays evidences that sexual orientation is not an immutable characteristic.

• The ex-gay community is subject to more animus, intolerance and discrimination than any other minority group.

While PFOX is not labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, it has consistently aligned itself with groups that have received that designation.