Homosexual pressure forced noted psychiatrist to change stand on therapy
CWN – June 01, 2012
Relentless pressure from gay activists forced Dr. Robert Spitzer to back away from his scientific judgment that therapy can help homosexuals change their sexual orientation, another leading therapist has charged.
Spitzer, who in 1973 was instrumental in removing homosexuality from a list of recognized psychological disorders, later came to believe that “reparative therapy” was successful in helping some homosexuals change their sexual preferences. His claims made him the object of relentless pressure from gay activists. Finally Spitzer—now 80 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease—renounced his controversial views and issued an apology to homosexuals.
Gerard van den Aardweg, a Dutch psychologist who has also worked extensively on homosexuality, says that Spitzer’s apology was issued under duress. “He had nearly broken down emotionally after terrible personal attacks from militant gays and their supporters,” he says. “There was an outpouring of hatred.”
Van den Aardweg observes that the journal which original published Spitzer’s work on reparative therapy, Archives of Sexual Behavior, has not withdrawn the work, because the study was scientifically sound. “His retraction does not change his results and his results are the only thing that counts,” the Dutch psychologist argues.
Additional sources for this story: Frail and aged, a giant apologizes (MercatorNet) www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/frail_and_aged_a_giant_apologizes