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Group founded by Republican lawmaker plans “ex-gay” billboard

Group founded by Republican lawmaker plans “ex-gay” billboard


The Pro-Family Forum, an anti-LGBT group founded by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, a Republican from Glencoe, is seeking funds for a billboard that promotes conversion therapy.

The Pro-Family Forum, formerly the Pro-Marriage Amendment Forum, was founded by Gruenhagen and “former homosexual” Kevin Peterson (In 2013, Gruenhagen announced his “former homosexual” friend on the floor of the Minnesota House as that body was taking up marriage equality).

The group held events in support of a failed constitution amendment to ban marriage equality, tried to block anti-bullying legislation with a bizarre video claiming that HIV is transmitted in sweat, and claimed credit for blocking a bill that would prohibit licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor.

Now the group is raising money to put up a billboard that supports conversion therapy. The billboard would say: “Do gay feelings mean you’re ‘born gay’? Men around the world say no!” It’s modeled after a billboard in Texas that was taken down once the ad company realized what “reparative therapy” meant.

Here are the Facebook posts from the group soliciting money for the billboard:

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.


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