Monday, December 3, 2012

Rep. Mike Fleck: Nobody I know has been successful at changing their sexual orientation

Republican Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Fleck is a moderate Republican and devout Christian. He is also an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Liberty University. Last Saturday, Fleck confirmed that he is gay making him the only sitting gay Republican state representative in the United States. Fleck and his wife of ten years divorced a year ago. They have no children.

Fleck has voiced some important perspectives on so-called reparative therapy:
I sought out treatment from a Christian counselor, but when that didn’t work out, I engaged a secular therapist who told me point blank that I was gay and that I was too caught up in being the perfect Christian rather than actually being authentic and honest.

Through years of counseling, I’ve met a lot of gay Christians who have tried hard to change their God-given sexual orientation, but at the end of the day, I know of none who’ve been successful. ... They’ve only succeeded at repressing their identity, only to have it reappear time and time again and always wreaking havoc not only on themselves, but especially on their family.
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