As SCOTUS Prepares for Landmark Case, PFOX Says Parents Want Help and Hope for Homosexual Children, Not Same-Sex Marriage

As SCOTUS Prepares for Landmark Case, PFOX Says Parents Want Help and Hope for Homosexual Children, Not Same-Sex Marriage

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays: Sexual Orientation Can and Does Change; Marriage Should Not Be Redefined

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2015

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, Media@hamiltonstrategies.com
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.

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.

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that unconditional love between them and their child is based on treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to seek help in overcoming a homosexual identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.

For more information on PFOX, visit its web site at www.PFOX.org, its Facebook page, its Twitter feed @PFOX4U, or email info@pfox.org.

 

 

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to supporting parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and resources. PFOX works toward understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.

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To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, or at media@hamiltonstrategies.com.

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