D.C. Court Rules ‘Sexual Orientation’ Protection Laws Must Include Former Homosexuals / Little Recognition Given To Study of Sexual Reorientation Therapy at APA Convention

U.S. Court Rules ‘Sexual Orientation’ Protection Laws Must Include Former Homosexuals PFOX calls for all sexual orientation laws and programs nationwide to include former homosexuals In a case that is the first of its kind, a federal court has ruled that laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in the District of Columbia must also include former homosexuals as a protected class. The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has ruled that under the D.C. Human Rights Act, a former homosexual must have the same protections as an active homosexual against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The decision handed down by Judge Maurice Ross says that the D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR) was wrong to dismiss the discrimination complaint of “Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays” against the National Education Association (NEA) on the basis that ex-homosexuals were not covered by the HRA’s anti-discrimination protections, because they were no longer practicing homosexuals. “We are gratified that the ex-gay community in Washington D.C. now has the same civil rights that gays enjoy,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays. PFOX had filed a discrimination complaint to the OHR after the national teachers union had refused to give the group a booth at the NEA’s EXPO 2002 convention in Dallas, Texas. The NEA which is headquartered in D.C., where PFOX filed its application, said it had a policy against giving accommodations to groups which are against NEA policy or which it believes would have a disruptive effect. Although the DC Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on “sexual preference,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and...