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Woman to advice columnist: ‘My gay son embarrasses me at church’

Rep. Scott Plakon said the bill simply gives pastors added protection.

Rep. Scott Plakon said the bill simply gives pastors added protection.

On Monday, The Arizona Daily Star published the latest “Dear Amy” advice column, in which a flummoxed mother writers in to voice her concern about the son who “won’t stop being gay:”

DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual.

We are part of a church group, and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child.

He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years; I have a busy work schedule.

Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you.”  — Feeling Betrayed

But don’t panic. Amy’s response is pretty perfect:

You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice, to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.

I assume that my suggestion will evoke a reaction that your sexuality is at the core of who you are. The same is true for your son. He has a right to be accepted by his parents for being exactly who he is.”

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