Apr 11, 2012

Dr. Robert Spitzer on "Ex-Gays": Oops, Might Have Been Wrong on That One!

In a move that serves as a significant blow to "ex-gay" programs and anti-gay organizations, Dr. Robert Spitzer repudiated his much-criticized 2001 study that claimed some "highly motivated" homosexuals could go from gay to straight. His retraction occurred in an American Prospect magazine article that hit newsstands today. Spitzer's rejection of his own research, which was originally published in the prestigious Archives of Sexual Behavior, is a devastating blow to "ex-gay" organizations because it decisively eliminates their most potent claim that homosexuality can be reversed through therapy and prayer.

"Dr. Spitzer's repudiation of his 2001 study is an earthquake that severely undermines the validity of 'ex-gay' programs," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen, who criticized the study in his 2003 book, Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth. "Spitzer just kicked out the final leg from the stool on which the proponents of 'ex-gay' therapy based their already shaky claims of success."

You can read the full article here and Huffpost also has an entry about it. Poor "ex-gays" have now lost one of their main arguments. Can you imagine - now all those three hundred leaflets they were going to pass around in those two schools somewhere in their "Day of Dialogue" are going to have to be reprinted! Deep, deep sadness...

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/11/4406240/dr-robert-spitzer-renounces-infamous.html#storylink=cpy

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