Groups Pushing For Minnesota’s Inequality Amendment Have Ties To Ex-Gay Movement

Several of the anti-gay organizations building support for Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage are also espousing ex-gay therapy and the belief that being gay is a choice that can change, the American Independent’s Andy Birkey reports. One group raising money for the measure — the Pro-Marriage Amendment Forum — is co-founded by a self-identified former gay man who believes that gay people recruit children into homosexuality and that “men become ‘homosexual’ because they have strong mothers and no father figure.” Similarly, the broader coalition — Minnesota for Marriage — includes organizations like Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Minnesota Family Council, both of which have dabbled in discredited ex-gay therapy.