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President Obama is the most pro-gay president in history, but there’s one group he’s unwilling to hear from: ex-gays.

In an online petition posted on change.org, Janet Boynes — a self-described former lesbian— wrote to Obama:

In your victory speech on 11.5.08 as reported by the New York Times, you stated, “And for those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight; but I hear your voices. I need your help, and I will be your President, too.”

Sadly, Mr. President, you have not carried out your promise.  For those of us who have left the homosexual lifestyle, you have never listened to us.

Countless people who are participating in the homosexual lifestyle have visited with you at the White House, and you have supported them on numerous occasions.

What about those of us whose compelling stories you have chosen to ignore?  We also have voices; and when you were first elected, you promised to listen to us. That has not happened yet.

Mr. President, when will you take the time to sit down with us and let us share our experiences?  We the undersigned humbly ask you for this opportunity.

The petition has attracted 1,500 supporters as of Sunday.

Boynes heads a ministry to help “those who are struggling with unwanted same sex attraction,” according to the ministry’s website.  She has also published a book titled “Called Out: A Former Lesbian’s Discovery of Freedom.”

“For years, the president of the United States has sat down with those in the LGBTQ community but has failed to hear the stories of those of us who have successfully left the homosexual lifestyle,” Boynes wrote in Charisma News last week. “As someone who spent 14 years in the homosexual lifestyle and then experienced the transforming power of Jesus Christ, I know it is possible to be set free. For 17 years, I have been living proof.”

Homosexual activists maintain that their struggle is a civil rights issue because homosexuality is not a choice but an immutable characteristic like race or skin color. Clearly, Boynes and others who have left the homosexual lifestyle disagree with this key point.

The Supreme Court is set to rule next month on the legality of state constitutional amendments supporting traditional marriage.  The crux of the Obama administration’s argument in support of same-sex marriage, is that gays and lesbians do not choose their sexual orientation, and are therefore a discriminated class.

To Obama and the gay activists, people like simply Boynes cannot exist, so they must be ignored.

Steve Berman


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