Hope and Help for Children of Homosexuality

RICHMOND, Va.—As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments this morning in a landmark case regarding same-sex marriage in America, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion, says parents want a better life than homosexual marriage for their children.

“Parents in America long for something other than legalized homosexual marriage for their children,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “Our goal is to provide hope, resources and support to parents and families of homosexual and gender-confused loved ones.

“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. We know from research that thousands of ex-gays who have left the homosexual lifestyle have gone on to marry people of the opposite sex and raise a family with both a mother and father. Ex-gays prove that homosexuality is not immutable.”

On its web site, PFOX shares personal stories of people who overcame same-sex attractions and gender-identity confusion. One example is Stephen and Janice Graham, parents of a son who left homosexuality behind more than a decade ago. The Grahams share:

“Our son’s late teen years contained same-sex pornography, chat rooms, and promiscuous homosexual behavior with older men. He used his sexual addiction as an escape, but despite the pleasure, he was miserable about it. He got help and repented and changed his thought patterns and habits. Fifteen years later, he is happily married to a lovely girl and they just had their second baby. To our family, the idea of same-sex marriage is just a ruse to legitimize a harmful mindset and lifestyle.”

Earlier this month, PFOX filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court as the nine justices consider the issue of homosexual/same-sex marriage. In the brief, PFOX details the growing recognition of the ex-gay community by the courts, government bodies and business entities, and presents the real-life, personal stories of four individuals who have done exactly what the district court in Hollingsworth v. Perry concluded was impossible. These men and women made the decision to change their sexual orientation and now live in opposite-sex relationships despite having been previously deeply entrenched in same-sex relationships. The stories demonstrate that sexual orientation is not immutable—either in the sense that it is a trait determined solely by “accident of birth” or in the sense that it cannot be changed—but is a fluid, transient, personal characteristic that can and does change.

Woodrow Wilcox

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PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.


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  • DCM7

    The realities of homosexuality ARE known, and all the nice, public facades that can be put on it will not change that.