foundation on which gay minority status and the accompanying civil
rights have been built on is the claim that being gay is an
immutable characteristic. This was recently confirmed again in an article
Justin Snow entitled "The Decline and
Fall of the Ex-Gay Movement" in which he quotes a statement
made by gay activist Wayne Besen,
"This is the keystone issue that underlies every single LGBT
issue that's out there," Besen says of defeating the ex-gay
movement. "If you win this issue, you've won, in essence."
Mr. Besen's statement is absolutely right.
Jonah, a national Jewish organization which offers counseling to individuals who have unwanted same-sex attractions, is being sued by the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) over this very issue of immutability. Click here for interview with Jonah's lawyer.
Minority status for gays, and the accompanying civil rights protection, was awarded by the courts because gay activists where able, over a period of time, to convinced the courts that being gay is an immutable trait. They convinced the courts that an individual is born "gay" just like an individual is born black. In other words being born "gay" is an immutable characteristic just like skin color.
So what is the truth? The simple answer to this emotionally charged question is, "No. Being gay is not immutable. Change is possible. There are ex-gays." Put another way, there are individuals both men and women who used to engage in homosexual behavior who no longer do so.
While it is true that there are ex-gays it is also true that many of those who have tried to change have not been successful for a variety of reasons. It is also true that some who have claimed to change have later, sometimes years later, come back to the homosexual community and have renounced their earlier "conversion" claims.
Gay activists are quick to publicize the stories of those who come back to homosexuality but what about those who have not come back? What about the men and women who used to be part of the gay community but, for their own reasons, decided to leave and have not come back? Do these folks have the right to tell their stories? Of course they do. Any fair-minded unbiased person would agree that they do.