Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Steele Rejects Former Homosexuals, Applauds Gay Former RNC Chairman






September 1, 2010

Regina Griggs, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, PFOX


Steele Rejects Former Homosexuals, Applauds Gay Former RNC Chairman 

Ex-Gays met with Ed Gillespie, Steele's predecessor 

Washington, DC - Sept. 1, 2010/Republican National Committee Chairman (RNC) Michael Steele's actions are a slap in the face to Ex-Gays and conservatives who support traditional marriage. After former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman came out of the closet as a homosexual last week to advocate for gay marriage, Steele commented that he was "happy for Ken" and "respects him personally and professionally."

"So Steele respects the former leader of the GOP who now stands in contradiction to his own party's official platform, but refuses to meet with Ex-Gays who support the party's values," commented Christopher Doyle, former homosexual and Board Member of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

"Steele can respect anyone he wants to personally, but it is troubling that the Chairman is using his position to applaud Mehlman, who was deceitful about his sexual preference during his leadership of the RNC," said Doyle.

In a 2009 interview with GQ Magazine, Steele went on record saying he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, but that he wanted to make the Republican Party more "accessible" and didn't need to "backslide" on the party's values to do that. 

Steele also said he believed the prevailing view was that people who have same-sex attractions are born that way, and that they can't stop being gay, just as African-Americans can't stop being Black.

In the past, Ex-Gays met with Ed Gillespie, one of Steele's RNC predecessors. To date, PFOX has made a dozen requests to sit down with the Chairman so he can meet former homosexuals, understand the origins of same-sex attraction, and learn how people can change, but Steele has refused to meet with leaders of the Ex-Gay movement, including African-Americans. 

"It appears that Steele is ignoring Gillespie's example and following Mehlman's inconsistent leadership style:  personally believe one thing, but professionally support the opposite," said Doyle. "It's time for the RNC to start choosing leaders who actually stand up for conservative values, rather than make the party accessible to those who want to radically transform it."


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