Desire, Faith & Therapy: Sexual Orientation and Orthodox Jews; Rabbinical Council Rejects JONAH

Desire Conf Columbia

On Sunday, I participated in a conference titled Desire, Faith and Therapy at the Kraft Jewish Student Center at Columbia University on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. The conference was designed for therapists, rabbis and other interested members of the Orthodox Jewish community.From the brochure:  “Desire, Faith and Psychotherapy” presents a Psychoanalytic perspective on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Orthodox Jewish community. We will exp … [Read more...]

Salon on Mixed Orientation Marriages in the Middle of Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Yesterday, Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory examined mixed orientation marriages as a possible new political statement against same-sex marriage. The article was triggered by the amicus brief filed by a Utah attorney on behalf of some people in mixed orientation marriages. She also interviewed me for the article and I am quoted extensively.While my survey results are still unpublished (I keep getting distracted), the study has helped inform my views on the subject. Some essentially same-sex … [Read more...]

Should Discrimination Ever Be Permitted In the Name of Religious Freedom?

The saga of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has intensified the conversation about religious reasons for discrimination. Are there ever any defensible religiously based reasons for discriminating against a protected class? One source I consulted on this was the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on religious discrimination. The following section seems relevant to the matter of competing discrimination claims (religious v. something else):Thus, a religious … [Read more...]

Commentary on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Some Good, Some Not so Good

I have been reading a lot about the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in Indiana and Arkansas. In addition, I have been reading background materials to the bills. The material is inherently interesting and I want to firm up my thinking on the matter.In doing so, I have run across helpful and unhelpful op-eds and commentary. This post annotates some of those sources. I plan to post some additional information and commentary through the week.First, I want to post the articles which appear … [Read more...]

Full Text of Amendment to Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act Being Debated Today

Today, the Indiana Legislature is debating an amendment which would provide significant protections to sexual minorities in Indiana. It would be ironic if the passage of the RFRA led to the achievement of a legislative goal pursued by GLBT activists for a long time.You can click the link to go to the Indiana legislature's website to read the amendment, and it is provided here below. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT DIGEST FOR ESB 50 Citations Affected: IC 34-13-9.Synopsis: … [Read more...]

Ben Carson Apologizes for Saying Being Gay is a Choice (Full Statement)

On his Facebook page, probable GOP presidential contender Ben Carson apologized for his comments that being gay is a choice.In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended. I'm a doctor trained in multiple fields … [Read more...]

Former President of Exodus International Says Being Gay is Not a Choice

Exodus International was once the largest ex-gay evangelical organization in the nation. However, after rejecting reparative therapy, Exodus closed operations in 2013. I asked former president of Exodus Alan Chambers about his reaction to Ben Carson's comments that being gay is a choice. His reply: Any behavior is a choice. Sexual orientation, however, is not a choice. In 20+ years of working w/ gay and lesbian people I've never met one person who chose to be gay. At 43 years old, though … [Read more...]

Ben Carson: Being Gay is Choice Because Some People Do Gay Things After Prison

Dr. Carson, this isn't brain surgery. Being attracted to the same or opposite sex isn't chosen like you chose to speak outside of your area of expertise today.On CNN, Carson told Chris Cuomo that being gay is choice and he knows this because of prison. Carson said: Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question. Some people do make a shift in prison but … [Read more...]


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