Randy Thomas, a U.S. citizen born in the state of Tennessee, was one of the fierce opponents of marriage between people of the same sex, but then decided to marry himself. The active struggle against homosexuals came to that part of Randy’s life when he was vice president of Exodus International.
This community, which existed from 1979 to 2013, had the goal of “raising gay men to be straight”. This approach is called reparative or conversion therapy, but its ethicality and effectiveness are controversial. However, it’s not a coincidence that the method fails. For example, the founder of Exodus International himself left the organization, because he began to meet with another leader of the group, reports Medialeaks.
The man actively fought against gays and loved his enemy. So much so that now his boyfriend has a ring on his finger.
Randy himself joined the community as a very young guy. He was kicked out of a very religious family for being homosexual, though sometimes camping out goes so nicely that it makes people cry. He lived where he had to, became addicted to drugs, and took the gay war path himself. In search of support, the guy found nothing better to do than join Exodus International.
That’s where he started his career as a public figure. Randy worked with right-wing organizations like the Arlington Group (a coalition of conservative Christian community leaders). He was involved in promoting laws against same-sex marriage.
For example, in 2006, Randy stood next to former U.S. President George W. Bush in the White House during a ceremony to lobby for his Marriage Act that would prohibit gay marriage.
Now Randy isn’t at all proud of this period in his life. After years in the shadows, the man gave an interview to Truth Wins Out activists in which he told them how he is now and how he relates to his past.
It is a lie to say that you cannot be a healthy, happy, and believing LGBT person. <…> I have never seen Exodus members or leaders become heterosexual, so deep down I knew that none of this was true.
Convinced that conversion therapy was ineffective, Randy rethought his life, and in an interview, he apologized to the LGBT community. He believes he’s done a lot of bad things in his life as an “ex-gay,” so he’s going to correct the mistakes of the past.
The American has a good reason to do so because he has tied his life to a man. Meeting Dan Scobie changed Randy a lot because of this guy, the former activist is going to do what he fought against for so long. In an interview, Randy announced his engagement with a boyfriend they live in Orlando.
The man struggled actively with gay men and loved his enemy. So much so that now his boyfriend has a ring on his finger.
Besides, not without the help of the other half of the man is trying to correct the mistakes of the past. Together with Dan, Randy founded a non-profit organization that helps homosexuals affected by conversion therapy.