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The Departure of Exodus International

First, there was an apology. Then came this announcement. After nearly 40 years of targeting the LGBT community with bigotry and abuse, Exodus International seems to have had a change of heart. The conservative Christian based organization is best known for their “pray the gay away” reprogramming of gays and lesbians. Now, according to Exodus president Alan Chambers, they are disbanding and rebranding.

So why after 37 years of hatred has there been a change of heart? Chambers had this to say on their blog:
” Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living breathing organism.” ” For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a world view that’s neither honoring our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”

Does that sound like a change of heart to you? It sounds like a change of heart to me. The times, they are a changing, and I couldn’t be happier 🙂

However, the fight for acceptance goes on: There are many, many, so many more hate based Christian groups out there. I’m sure wing nuts such as Fred Phelps and his Westboro cronies are absolutely seething over this betrayal. Exodus has long been the keystone in the arch of Christian based LGBT bigotry. But hey, it’s progress am I right? It represents a monumental shift in American Christian thinking, and I must say I’m impressed.

Now, about that marriage equality issue, can we please get that resolved?

Speaking of Westboro, they’re about to taste the rainbow. The Equality House, which is right across the street from Westboro, is holding a wedding in full view of the whackadoodle compound. I realllly wish my partner and I could be there! Alas, Mr and Mrs Hat are not on the guest list 😦 I wonder if Fred and Margie Phelps were invited?

  1. mac
    June 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Well put, and couldn’t agree more. A millennia old dogma finally set for release. A good day for everybody 🙂


    • June 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday. Of course, after their striking down of a key parts of the voter’s act of 1965, I’m thinking this could go either way.


      • mac
        June 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

        And so DOMA was dead! And you know – initially not being that engaged in this issue, once I discovered the perspective of seeing this as a question of general tolerance and embracing/accepting diversity in society it suddenly became perhaps one of the strongest and most symbolic issues out there. So, a good day.


  2. mac
    June 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    But were both of these rulings a move towards less federal intervention – and more state rights? Searching for a sort of judicial consistency here…..


    • June 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Yes, by not ruling on prop 8, they are enforcing state’s rights. It’s a little odd, but for the time being, a good compromise. Those now legally married are now entitled to all federal benefits and protections afforded to straight couples. However, they completely side stepped forcing marriage equality on states that do not have it. Personally I would have liked to have seen prop 8 struck down.


      • June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        Just to clarify on prop 8: all SCOTUS did was rule that the striking down of prop 8 in lower courts was upheld because that decision was for all intents and purposes, challenged by those who did not have the authority to do so. What SCOTUS did not do is rule on the constitutionality of prop 8 itself. In my opinion, there is nothing in that ruling that says that a state is not within its to put into place legislation like prop 8. I would have like to seen a ruling on prop 8 itself, in order to prevent states from bringing to vote prop 8 type legislation. In other words, prop 8 is dead, but it ain’t dead.


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