Friday, April 17, 2015

Faith is used as a ‘cover for hatred’: Canadian politician

New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo speaks at a conference for educators
organized by gay activist group Jer's Vision on April 10, 2015.
TORONTO, April 17, 2015 ( – Religious objections to homosexuality are being used as a “cover” for hatred, Ontario MPP Cheri DiNovo told a homosexual activist conference for educators last week.

DiNovo, a New Democratic member of the Ontario legislature and an ordained United Church of Canada minister, has sponsored several pro-LGBTQ bills, including one likely to pass this term that would ban psychotherapy for teenagers who want help coping with same-sex attractions.

DiNovo told the Toronto conference, which focused on implementing Ontario’s two-year-old Accepting Schools Act, that “you can’t” change sexual orientation.

However, Peter Sprigg, of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, said there is an abundance of evidence that sexual orientation can change—especially in teenagers. “Ritch Savin-Williams, the leading researcher on homosexual teens in the U.S., has said that the large Adolescent Health Survey shows changes in sexual orientation among teens are not only possible, but common,” according to Sprigg.

Moreover, Christians who object to gay straight alliances in public schools or providing transgendered people access to the facilities, including bathrooms, of their choice have “nothing to do with faith, and everything to do with phobia,” DiNovo said.  (more...)

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