The judge stated that “It is misrepresentation in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, in advertising or selling conversion therapy services to describe homosexuality, not as being a normal variant of human sexuality, but as being a mental illness, disease or disorder.
He found there is no factual basis for advertising. And in another ruling last week the judge barred testimony by defense witnesses who planned to describe homosexuality as an illness or disorder.
Charles LiMandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund is representing JONAH and expects to prevail at trial because the group did not advertise success rates and did not, “in a scientific sense,” claim that being homosexual is a disorder. Then why did they need experts to testify about that?
“This is not a situation in which people are forced into something they don’t want to do,” LiMandri said, contending that the plaintiffs in the suit are trying to prevent others from the right to make choices for themselves. “Americans want people to have the right tofree self-determination,” he said. “I believe when the jury hears all the facts, they will ultimately decide in favor of our clients.”
JONAH is trying to protect people from the homosexual lifestyle. What the heck does “homosexual lifestyle” mean? Unfettered good taste in clothing, interior design, food and wine? A library of show tunes on one’s mp3 player? In-depth knowledge and appreciation of the arts? A bitchy sense of humor? Be careful — these people are co-opting the metrosexuals. They are invading us. It’s a slippery slope, Vern!
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. Your sexual orientation is YOUR sexual orientation. No one else can change it. As long as it is consensual, who cares? As Rodney King said, ”Can’t we just all get along?”
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