Yesterday we enjoyed Michael Signorile dismembering the anti-gay claims of North Carolina State Senator James Forrester, the lead sponsor behind the state’s ballot initiative to ban marriage equality. Dr. Forrester backed up his assertion that “homosexuals die 20 years earlier than other people” with the claim that he is a fellow with the esteemed American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). The only problem? The ACPM has never heard of him.
When activist Scott Rose wrote the ACPM an e-mail asking about Forrester’s credentials, they responded with:
Dr. Forrester is not, and never has been, a member of ACPM (much less a Fellow, which is our highest designation of membership). However, this is troubling to us, too, that he’s apparently claiming to be a Fellow of ACPM, and we would like to know where Dr. Forrester is making these proclamations so that we can approach him and demand that he cease falsely using ACPM credentials in his campaign or wherever else he’s using it. If you can point us to some places where he’s using those credentials, we’d be most appreciative. Many thanks.
We really shouldn’t be surprised that Dr. Forrester lied about his affiliation with ACPM. After all, he’s been spreading the “20 years” lie for some time now and continues to spread the lie that banning marriage equality somehow protects marriage even though states with same-sex marriage actually have lower overall divorce rates.