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MAJOR DEFECTION OF EXODUS CHAPTER BROADSIDES "EX-GAY" MINISTRIES, SAYS HRC
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
January 30, 2001 - 05:08:52PM [National] News
NEWS from the
Human Rights Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Wayne Besen Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001
Phone: (202) 216-1580 Pager: (800) 386-5997
"EX-GAY" IN U.K.? NO WAY
Major Defection of Exodus Chapter Broadsides "Ex-gay" Ministries, Says HRC
Focus Obliged to tell Participants in 'Ex-gay' Conference About Latest Failure, HRC Says
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today encouraged Exodus
International, the world's largest chain of "ex-gay" ministries, to follow
the lead of British former "ex-gay" leader Jeremy Marks and "explore a new
direction." Marks, the leader of the United Kingdom ministry "Courage," an
Exodus affiliate, announced today in an interview with Gay.com that his
ministry was "taking a two year sabbatical" to focus on "supporting
Christians who are gay."
"It took a lot of strength and conviction for Marks to come forward and tell the truth, that people in the 'ex-gay' ministries are not changing their sexual orientation," said HRC spokesperson Wayne Besen. "This latest failure presents a wonderful opportunity for Exodus to reevaluate their mission and to begin an honest dialogue with themselves and the public."
Marks told Gay.com that his 14 years of conversion therapy slowly made him realize that the process simply does not change sexual orientation.
"None of the people we've counseled have converted no matter how much
effort and prayer they've put into it," says Marks. "There is much more
benefit to the more honest view."
Marks, who did praise the sincerity of the people at Exodus, added that the "ex-gay" rhetoric that says living as an openly gay person makes it impossible to be Christian is destructive. "They end up fighting themselves in an internal war," Marks told the Internet news service.
"Focus on the Family is hosting an 'ex-gay' conference in San Diego next week," said Besen. "It is their moral responsibility to tell participants of 'Love Won Out' about this latest episode, as well as the demise of their own 'ex-gay' leader who was caught in a gay bar. If they censor this vital information, they are guilty of willfully misleading those in attendance."
In a press release sent out last week, the group failed to acknowledge
that John Paulk, the "ex-gay" leader of their "Love Won Out" conference,
was recently disciplined after having been exposed in a gay saloon in
Focus on the Family's "Love Won Out" conferences are a series of road shows that misinform the public about the lives of gay and lesbian Americans. The San Diego symposium is scheduled to take place February 3. The Human Rights Campaign is the nation's largest national lesbian and gay political organization with members throughout the country. HRC effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support, and educates the public to ensure that lesbian and gay Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.
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