What if Chris Christie were gay?
Would liberals be urging him to go straight the way they want him to lose weight?
I parse the equal opportunity puritanism at “Sacred & Profane”:
Would these same critics be insisting that he do everything he could to change his orientation? Or would they be highlighting the studies showing that homosexuality is in great measure about genetics?
Supporters of gay rights are (rightly) pointing to a new study showing that Christian-backed “conversion therapy” to “pray away the gay,” as they say, rarely succeeds in getting gays to behave like straights, much less re-orient their attraction from same sex to opposite sex people.
Oddly, conservative groups like the National Organization for Marriage are hailing the study for showing “change to be possible for some, and the attempt not harmful on average.”
That’s an endorsement? Dismal as those results are, with perhaps 15 percent of patients saying they “switched” sexual orientation, that success rate is better than the rate of positive outcomes for the most popular and effective diets. It ain’t easy, as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who continues to struggle with his weight (not his sexual orientation), can attest.