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'Ex-Gay' Flyer Sent Home To Maryland Students Ignites Controversy (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/ 6/2012 6:20 pm Updated: 02/ 6/2012 8:16 pm

Parents of students attending Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Md. are upset after some high schoolers were sent home with flyers claiming nobody is "born gay," My Fox DC reports.

The flyer, which came from a group called Parents And Friends Of Ex-Gays And Gays (PFOX), states that everyone can choose their own sexuality.

Social worker Karen Yount-Merrell told My Fox DC she was outraged when her son brought the flyer home from school.

"I don't like it," Yount-Merrell told the station. "Everything in this flyer makes it sound like the goal is to be [an] EX-gay, [or an EX]-lesbian. It is not embracing of a different orientation. It reiterates a societal view that there's something 'wrong' with you, if you're not in the norm. If you aren't heterosexual."

The Maryland Schools Insider, a blog by the Washington Post, outlined the controversial parts of the flyer.

"According to mainstream psychological associations, there are no replicated scientific studies to support that a person can be born "gay." No "gay gene" or gay center of the brain has been found. No medical test exists to determine if a person is homosexual. Sexual orientation is based on feelings and is a matter of self-affirmation and public declarations."

The Post also mentions the school district changed its sexual education curriculum 2007, recognizing sexual orientation as congenial.

Last year, Owasso Kids For Christ, a Bible club, filed suit against the Oklahoma's Owasso Public Schools claiming the district was denying their right to free speech by not permitting them to promote their events using flyers at school.

The school district responded by asserting the group was simply unwilling to follow the rules, which state "no literature will be distributed that contains primarily religious, objectionable, or political overtones which may be beneficial to any particular group or business at the expense of others."

For more on this story, watch the video report above and take a look at the flyer, courtesy of My Fox DC:


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