Wait, wait. We’re so confused!
Social conservatives are constantly fighting gay-inclusive non-discrimination measures. To them, such a legislative expansion represents “special rights” that we gays – who, obviously, choose to love the same sex – don’t deserve. Yet, for some reason, an ex-gay group this week filed a lawsuit against the queer-inclusive Washington DC Office of Human Rights for discrimination.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (ha!) claim the so-called reformed homosexuals are the “most bullied” group in the States and, thus, need to be included in non-discrimination legislation.
We knew these people were nutty, but this goes far beyond absurd.
Via Market Watch:
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is suing the Washington DC Office of Human Rights for failing to protect former homosexuals under its sexual orientation anti-discrimination law. “The ex-gay community is the most bullied and maligned group in America, yet they are not protected by sexual orientation non-discrimination laws,” said Regina Griggs, PFOX executive director.
The DC Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on “sexual preference,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression.” The Office of Human Rights maintains that homosexuals, bisexuals, transgenders, and cross-dressers qualify for protection under this Act, but ex-gays do not. PFOX’s lawsuit asks the DC Superior Court to direct the Office to include former homosexuals under the sexual orientation law.
“Shouldn’t ex-gays enjoy the same legal protections that gays enjoy?” asked Griggs. “Former homosexuals and their friends have been fired from their jobs, repeatedly ridiculed, assaulted, and intimidated. This harassment is most often perpetrated by the same groups who demand protection under sexual orientation laws but work to deny ex-gays the same respect.”
Griggs goes on to specifically wonder if Senator Barack Obama, who has endorsed gay-inclusive non-discrimination legislation, supports those same rights for ex-gay folk. She also laments Obama distancing himself from Donnie McClurkin, a gospel singer who claims to be ex-gay.