And they want in on DC's human rights ordinance:
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, or PFOX, says in its suit that the Office of Human Rights does not recognize "ex-gays."
The suit asks the DC Superior Court to direct the Office to include former homosexuals under the sexual orientation law.
"The ex-gay community is the most bullied and maligned group in America, yet they are not protected by sexual orientation non-discrimination laws," said Regina Griggs, PFOX executive director, in a statement.
Wait, if they actually have stopped all their same-sex attraction, then wouldn't that mean that they're straight? And I thought heterosexuality was already a sexual orientation.
They also want in on the ENDA:
Griggs also said that the group wants protections for "ex-gays" in federal legislation - specifically the Employment Non-Discrimination Act known as ENDA.
"PFOX is especially concerned because Presidential candidate Barack Obama has failed to answer PFOX's Aug. 25th letter asking if ex-gays will be included in sexual orientation legislation which Obama says he will sign into law as President," said Griggs.
ENDA has passed the House but has yet to be taken up by the Senate. It would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, credit and housing.
"Former homosexuals should have the right to be out, open and safe in society," said Griggs. "On his website, Senator Obama says he supports gay and transgender rights because he supports civil rights for all persons, but does that include ex-gays? Americans need to know where Obama stands on the issue of ex-gay inclusion because his pledge to pass homosexual and transgender legislation as President will affect all of us. We urge Senator Obama to end his silence."
Well, that would make for some interesting Congressional debates.
And why just Obama? I don't think McCain's said anything one way or the other when it comes to ex-gay civil rights either. Why are they letting the Republican off the hook?
This group of people is absolutely ridiculous, and that's half their goal. They're hoping to make all this legislation seem ridiculous so that people throw up their hands and say, "Gay, ex-gay, I just don't get it, but if you can switch everything around then employment protections don't matter."
The other half is to demonize gays:
"Former homosexuals and their friends have been fired from their jobs, repeatedly ridiculed, assaulted, and intimidated. This harassment is most often perpetrated by the same groups who demand protection under sexual orientation laws but work to deny ex-gays the same respect."
Even though they can't provide a single example of an ex-gay being assaulted or fired....