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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lose Lose

The Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, Incorporated (PFOX) just lost an appeal of a discrimination lawsuit that they had brought against the National Education Association (NEA). With that loss new case law may have been established that could very well upset PFOX's conservative overlords. PFOX had applied for exhibit space to present their propanganda at the Expo 2002 which was held as part of the NEA Representative Assembly activities. They were denied access to the assembly's delegates, families, and guests because of the potential disruption it would cause and because PFOX's views are considered to be in opposition to National Education Association's policies. The District of Columbia Supreme Court upheld the DC Office of Human Right's ruling that no discrimination took place.

The only legal question that arose and was "overturned" was the application of the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights's ruling that ex-gays were not eligible to be considered a protected group or category. The DC Supreme Court ruled that ex-gays may be considered a protected class as the Human Rights Act's purpose is “to secure an end in the District of Columbia to discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit….” Herein lies the rub -- by declaring that ex-gays may be considered a protected group the very concept of protected groups is reinforced as a basis for anti-discrimination and hate crime legislation. The Religious Right and other social conservatives within the Republican Party have fought hard to exclude gay and transgendered folks from such legislation. As they, the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, celebrate their "win" LGBT individuals also win as case law in the District of Columbia is established and re-affirms that indeed the purpose of its Human Rights Act is to end discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit. If ex-gays are a protect group, so are gay folk.

So, don't waste too much champagne in your celebration, PFOX. Your "victory" could very well piss off the bigots that have been bankrolling you and the equally repugnant ex-gay ministry, Exodus.

H/T to Towleroad (& Ex-Gay Watch)

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