WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Greg Quinlan, President of PFOX:
President Obama's nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan, has steadfastly refused to divulge her sexual orientation, despite a CBS News blog item claiming that Kagan is known in Harvard circles as a lesbian. In response, the White House blasted CBS for its "lies."
But if Kagan is a lesbian, why would the White House insist otherwise when Obama made gay rights part of his platform for change? In issuing his gay pride presidential proclamation, Obama stated he is "proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration."
So Kagan and her alleged lesbianism should not be an issue for the White House or the Democrats, who control the Senate vote for Kagan's judicial nomination.
Some of Kagan's friends have told Politico that she is frustrated by the gay rumors, but "worried that denying them could imply some anti-gay prejudice." But this makes no sense either--isn't the whole point of the gay rights movement to allow people to declare who they are without stigma?
There is another possibility. Could it be that Kagan is ex-gay? That would explain the White House insistence on Kagan's heterosexuality and Kagan's silence about her past sexual preference.
As an ex-gay myself, I sympathize with Kagan and the Obama administration. I have faced taunts, threats, and phone calls demanding that I be fired. There is no hate like that against the ex-gay community. And the President knows it.
When Obama was campaigning, gay activists demanded that he drop ex-gay singer Donnie McClurkin from a fundraising event. To his credit, Obama refused.
Too bad the current mayor of the District of Columbia, Adrian Fenty, lacks the courage to follow Obama's example. After issuing a certificate of appreciation to Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, Fenty bowed to angry gay lobbyists and apologized for having opposed "diversity." But aren't ex-gays part of diversity? Why can't we have the same tolerance that gays enjoy? Fenty refuses to answer my questions.
So Ms. Kagan, don't be afraid to come out of the closet. Ex-gays like me, and maybe you, should be able to live openly just like when we were homosexuals.
Greg Quinlan is President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays at http://pfox.org/about_us.html
SOURCE Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX)