"I owe the gay community an apology," writes Dr. Robert Spitzer, according to a New York Times report published Saturday, in which the psychiatrist, now nearly 80 and suffering from Parkinson's disease, repudiates his 2003 theory that gay people can be "cured" through reparative therapy.
Besen, who appears in the New York Times article reports on Saturday:
"This was a very intelligent article that puts the entire Spitzer study into its proper perspective. It is a telling and compelling narrative that places a definitive period at the end of a long, and often troubling, run-on sentence. For his part, Dr. Spitzer should be applauded for doing the right thing. It is never easy, particularly for successful people who are leaders in their field, to apologize or acknowledge wrongdoing. But, this is exactly what Dr. Spitzer did and we at Truth Wins Out are grateful that he is a man of integrity and conscience.
"Unfortunately, there are still slippery organizations, like Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX), who refuse to take Dr. Spitzer’s repudiated study off of their website. The good news is that by leaving it up they further erode their already tattered credibility and reputation by showing how blatantly dishonest they truly are."