Trenton, N.J. -- Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is calling on New Jersey State Sen. Barbara Buono to apologize for her bigoted remarks. In a statement made during a New Jersey Senate committee hearing on March 18, 2013, Sen. Buono said she was glad to have sponsored non-discrimination legislation that did not include “formerly gay individuals” because she had “never heard of that phrase uttered before.”
"Sen. Bouno knows I am openly ex-gay,” said Greg Quinlan, a former homosexual and president of the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) board of directors. “She disagrees with my sexual orientation and so pretends people like me are not members of society.”
“Buono accepts people who change their gender identity, or who engage in same-sex behavior, but is intolerant of those who change their sexual orientation from gay to straight. This discrimination has no place in our state of New Jersey,” said Quinlan. “We call on Sen. Buono to apologize to the ex-gay community.”
In the past, Sen. Buono has refused to meet with former homosexuals or to include ex-gays in hate crimes legislation, and instead, has claimed that ex-gays should be punished under hate crimes laws because they dare to exist. “Sen. Buono’s contempt for people like me denies me my freedom and my basic civil rights,” Quinlan said.
“Sen. Buono believes that ex-gays should not receive the same tolerance and respect afforded to others,” Quinlan said. “Buono continually belittles and berates ex-gay minorities because of their unpopular sexual orientation. This is sheer bigotry. Buono refuses to extend tolerance and equality to a minority that needs it the most.”
“Sen. Barbara Buono was also the prime sponsor of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. Instead of helping, this law has created a new class of bullies and a new subclass of the bullied. Parents, students, faculty and other employees in New Jersey's education system have been harassed, intimidated and bullied by gay students, faculty and their allies for exercising their First Amendment right of free speech to voice their belief that homosexual behavior is not innate or immutable. Misguided legislation like this promotes bigotry and hatred against anyone who does not follow Buono’s particular ideology.”
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is the nation's leading advocacy organization for the ex-gay community, their families, and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.
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