Defending the family

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There is a hysterical outcry and universal news blackout on fair and balanced reporting in the entire major news media about traditional values and the rights of normal Americans working to preserve traditional marriage and to rightfully end the taxpayer subsidy of pro-homosexual propaganda in the schools and in every facet of society.

The so-called gay rights lobby reserves a special dislike for ex-gays, calling them a "front group" and worse.

This group won't "shut up" and go away. PFOX, one group, has growing ranks of former homosexuals joining them. Here is their latest testimony at the Disney board of directors meeting. It seems funny or strange that it is cartoonists who produce some excellent movies for children and families and are viewed as a family friendly media giant yet seek to pervert and destroy the very fabric of tradition with their wrongful policies.

Greg Quinlan of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) addressed the corporate directors of the Walt Disney Company at its annual shareholders meeting and asked them to approve a resolution to include ex-gays in Disney's mandatory diversity training for employees.

"Disney's diversity training emphasizes gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders, but fails to include ex-gays," explained Quinlan. "Ex-gays remain closeted because they are not protected by diversity policies and are subject to open disapproval. Employees who support the ex-gay community are also not welcome to express their views."

In response to the resolution asking for inclusion and diversity for the ex-gay community, Daryl Herrschaft, director of the workplace project at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, was quoted by Daily Finance as saying that the resolution is "wrongheaded." The Human Rights Campaign, known as HRC, is the nation's largest gay rights organization advocating for gay equality.

"How can HRC demand gay equality when it refuses to extend equality to others?" asked Quinlan. "HRC demands that gays and transgenders be included in diversity policies, but belittles ex-gays who ask for the same rights that gays and transgenders currently enjoy. HRC insists that men can change their gender to become the opposite sex, but refuses to acknowledge that men like me can change our sexual orientation from gay to straight."

Every year the HRC Foundation issues a Corporate Equality Index which rates American companies on their equal treatment of gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. HRC gave Disney a 100 rating, its highest score. HRC rated Disney on its corporate nondiscrimination policy, diversity training, benefits, employee resource group and diversity council, advertising to gays, sponsorship of gay community events or organizations, and for not engaging in action that would undermine gay and transgender equality.

"Is it a conflict of interest for any corporation in this country to donate money or other form of support to HRC, which then rates those same corporations on corporate equality?" asked Quinlan in his speech to the Disney Board of Directors.

"Disney, your equality index score is -0- for ex-gays and their supporters. You should treat former homosexuals with the same respect and benefits you give to gays and transgenders."

"This week HRC is celebrating the first gay marriages in Washington DC, our nation's capital. As gay couples in DC lined up to apply for marriage licenses, they wore HRC victory buttons. But there is one victory in Washington DC that HRC did not celebrate. And that is the judicial decision issued by the DC Superior Court last year, in a case brought by PFOX. The Court ruled that ex-gays are a legally protected class under sexual orientation and therefore specifically protected from discrimination under the D.C. Human Rights Act."

"PFOX calls on HRC to issue public statements condemning hatred and discrimination against the ex-gay community. Human rights demand no less."

The Disney resolution needed a vote of 3% to pass for inclusion at next year's meeting, and received approximately 2%. Quinlan is gratified by the support he received from shareholders present at the meeting. "Shareholders applauded, shook my hand and said it was about time this happened," said Quinlan.