Ex-gay speakers rallied in front of the Supreme Court last week to ask Justice Anthony Kennedy to protect former homosexuals from discrimination. In his DOMA ruling, Justice Kennedy cited “animus” against gays as a reason to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Ex-gays explained to the media that former homosexuals are openly ridiculed and hated, especially by gay rights groups that demand equal rights while attacking the rights of the ex-gay community and promoting hatred against former homosexuals.
One ex-gay speaker, Grace Harley, who left homosexuality 20 years ago, made a plea to Justice Kennedy:
“Former homosexuals like me need protection from discrimination more than anyone else. We are the victims of hate. We are ridiculed and condemned. I have suffered more discrimination and intolerance as an ex-gay than I ever did when I was gay.
Many ex-gays are afraid to come out of the closet because of the harassment they will receive. Transgenders are celebrated for changing their gender but former homosexuals are ridiculed for changing their sexual orientation.
Ex-gays are denied their pursuit of happiness because they are persecuted. This irrational hatred of those who have overcome unwanted same-sex attractions creates misunderstanding and harm against the ex-gay community.
Justice Kennedy, you protect gay people as an unpopular minority, but ex-gays are hated even by gays, so please protect former homosexuals like me. We need your protection and your compassion. To give sexual orientation protection to one group while excluding another is outright discrimination. This is not what our country is about.”
View the videos of the Supreme Court ex-gay speeches at: