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Exodus International: Families Waiting to Exhale

Families waiting to exhale, families like mine, were anticipating to hear today about possible decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court. We are all waiting for the high court to hand down any rulings involving California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.  It didn’t happen; however, there are other families needing to air some grievances and finally be able to breathe. Exodus International ‘Ex-Gay’ ministry leader, Alan Chambers,  will issue a “formal apology” to those hurt by  Chambers “cure” for homosexuality by “reparative therapy”.  Our America with Lisa Ling–Special Report: God & Gays, will air on OWN tonight 10/9 Central.   Here is a sneak peak:

During my interview on Lydia’s Literary Lowdown we discussed change.  I talked about putting into action what we can change, that there are things that we innately can’t change, and that there is empowerment in staying true to ourselves.

I consider our family very blessed. My sons did not undergo a  “therapy treatment” like this. Had they not left the Mormon Church, it is possible that at some point this “treatment” could have been our reality through a program called Evergreen in Salt Lake City Utah.  This kind of “therapy” through the Mormon religion is disclosed by MSNBC reporter Traci G. Lee,  “Although discredited, gay conversion therapy remains an option for minors”  where Lee writes about a twenty-five-year-old LDS man who underwent the Evergreen program, a conversion therapy support group for gay men to treat homosexuality as an addiction. (March-2013)

I  am glad these “programs” are being called out and awareness is happening.  It indicates….Change.  This apology tonight by Exodus International’s Alan Chambers may never repair damaged caused; however, the “hidden” is being made public by Lisa Ling and we are finally having a dialogue.

I am still waiting to exhale in regards to the Supreme Court decisions in hopes that my sons will have the same rights I have as an American Citizen.  I have hope.  Dustin and Mark want to renew their vows this August. This time it would be a precious gift to have their marriage recognized by the State they chose to live in the United States of America, the place where every person should be able to enjoy the rights of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”kissThe clock is running down. Possible rulings can be announced on Monday, June 24, or Thursday, June 27, but the Supreme Court can always add dates anytime through Friday, June 28.


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About the Author: Leisa Greene’s passions include writing about music, theater, film, food, art, family and friends -- all of which are supported by the community of Missoula and an IV line of dark-roasted iced coffee. She is the English Department’s Administrative Associate of Graduate Admissions at her alma mater, University of Montana; the editor-in-chief of Indie It Press; and the author of a memoir manuscript currently titled EARLY OUT. Her other writing consists of short essays (Brother Townsend and A Jamboree Family), playwriting (The Beckett Syndrome) and screenwriting. “The only regret you will ever have is if you never write it. So, go write it Mom. “ – Dustin Nelson, my son

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  1. SarahAnne Hazlewood says:

    Thank you for the heads up on this show. Some days you can see that arc of justice bend just a bit…

  2. Dan Landrum says:

    As a footnote, one of the biggest proponents of California’s Proposition 8 was the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Appreciating the separation of Church and State, the amount of out-of-state LDS money and activism really pissed me off at the time.

    (FROM: )
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, informally, the Mormon Church), also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.” The church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the support of the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to support the Proposition.] Local church leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership—sometimes quite specific—to fulfill this call. The response of church members to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive, such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California. LDS members contributed over $20 million, about 45% of out-of-state contributions to came from Utah, over three times more than any other state. ProtectMarriage, the official proponent of Proposition 8, estimates that about half the donations they received came from Mormon sources, and that LDS church members made up somewhere between 80% and 90% of the volunteers for early door-to-door canvassing.

    In 2010, the California Fair Political Practices Commission fined the LDS church for failing to follow campaign disclosure policies during the last two weeks leading up to the election, which amounted to $37,000 in non-monetary contributions. They were fined $5,538.

    • Indie It Gal says:

      Thank you for your comments. That is all correct. I have a whole chapter dedicated to the Mormon Church and their contributions to California Proposition 8. I am unsure how much of the chapter, at this point, will make it in my book EARLY OUT. The whole idea that this can happen is astounding to me. The other thing I found out in my research, as to why the “fine” to the church was so small, is because of IRS laws. One of the exempt by-laws state, (I will paraphrase): “Non-profits are in fact allowed to donate, but not a substantial amount.” The deal is, there are no laws indicating what a “substantial amount” is. Which means, they could in fact get away with what they did. Things really need to change. Thanks for starting a dialogue! Leisa

  3. Dan Landrum says:


    Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.


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