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Mom loves her homosexual son, but disagrees on gay marriage

Thu, May. 02, 2013 Posted: 12:58 PM

She loves her homosexual son as much as her heterosexual children, yet she maintains a firm stand against redefining marriage.

“We love each other unconditionally,” says Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). “We have a very close relationship even though we don’t agree on gay marriage,” she says. “It is not easy, but as a responsible parent I must stand firm in my belief that marriage must remain between a man and a woman.”

Griggs recently spent three days visiting with her gay son, now grown and out of the house. To maintain family harmony, they avoid discussion of some subjects. “We can’t discuss politics, religion, or homosexuality,” she admits.

Parents must communicate to their children, “I can love you unconditionally and still disagree with you,” Griggs says.

While a compassionate response is important to her, the greater good of society is also important. “What I think is best for society may seem like lack of support for homosexual people. Not so,” she says. “We must look to what is best for the culture as a whole.”

“All of my children, homosexual and heterosexual, benefit by living in a free society that is made possible only by legal and cultural encouragement of strong, mother-father-based families,” she adds.

Griggs does not believe homosexuality is genetic, but offers hope that change is possible, even if her son has not embraced her message. Her organization, PFOX, doesn’t offer therapy or counseling. It advocates and supports individuals who choose to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle.


Mark Ellis