LaBarbera Withdraws Support

Jim Burroway

July 14th, 2007

Peter LaBarbera apparently looked around among his friends and decided to withdraw his support for Holsinger after all. No word on whether he’s doing this because he fell victim to the “media distortions” of Holsinger’s hearing, or because he now believes the media’s account of the hearing.

He’s also sending God my way to have a chat with me. ‘Cuz, you know, he and God are tight like that.

Update: I have much more to say about this.


July 14th, 2007

I wonder what the family of that poor guy Peter is using as a prop thinks of their son’s image being abused by a political opportunist like Porno Pete.

The obituary he links to mentions his partner of 7 years so I think Peter was so desperate to find a photo of a young, attractive AIDS victim he probably didn’t bother asking the family if it was ok to use their son’s image.

If Pete really wants to use somebody as a face of AIDS and unsafe sex, why not use a photo of his friend Michael Johnston.


July 14th, 2007

Nevermind. After researching the family, I figured out that Carolyn Groff was estranged from her son and was fighting in court to overturn his will because he wanted to be buried next to his partner and his parents (who he apparently didn’t talk to) wanted control of his remains against his wishes.

Peter just gave a great example of why gay marriage is needed.

Thanks Pete!

Now go ahead and change that photo to your friend Michael Johnston.


July 14th, 2007

Great catch, Scott!

And it certainly reveals how Ms. LaBarbera clings to the idea that legal, taxpaying adults should be considered wards of the state and forever beholden to parental demands until and unless we are legally married.

Of course, LaBabs is adamantly against us being allowed to be married, so he campaigns to force us to be treated as permanent wards of the State – even when the State has no interest in our adult choices without proof there is an inherent, verifiable health risk to the rest of the population.

Those statutes governing funeral and burial arrangements have long needed to be updated – in many states they are 100 years old. And, contrary to con-artist con-servatives, who claim such privileges were created as “incidents of marriage,” most of these were created as a means to LIMIT government interference in the rights of private citizens to make their own choices in life.

But LaBabsey’s crowd is frustrated about considering that notion. For one thing, more than half the adult population in this country is not married. And for another, conservatives don’t really view marriage as an expression of love and devotion to each other, but to the State. We saw that unfold during the Terri Schiavo debacle. Their argument clearly implies that, despite claims about the sanctity of the male-female relationship, they are more interested in the State withholding basic human rights to make decisions in universal life experiences as a bribe to force people to marry the State. Of course, this also requires the State to be beholden to con-servative religious dictates.

It’s another example of how the Right wants absolute control over every moment of our lives – and our deaths.

a. mcewen

July 14th, 2007

Hold up Scott,

I just found out that the page Peter used to reference Groff’s story was put up by a good friend of his. She has just taken the page down, saying that she does not appreciate how Peter used her tribute to Groff to spread lies.


July 14th, 2007

“Meanwhile, homosexual activists threw everything but the kitchen sink at the doctor’s 1991 paper,”

I can’t believe he actually linked to your article. Any fool can plainly see that you did indeed throw the kitchen sink at the good doctor.

And please make sure to let us know when God receives Peter’s memo to consult with you, I’d be very anxious to hear about that.

Bruce Garrett

July 15th, 2007

“Nevermind. After researching the family, I figured out that Carolyn Groff was estranged from her son and was fighting in court to overturn his will because he wanted to be buried next to his partner…”

Yeah. It’s like that. I had a brief exchange with them over it on my blog, and at first I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that all the vitriol I was seeing was just their grief talking. But no. Their son almost certainly knew what his lover would be up against after he passed away and that’s why he made sure his last wishes were covered by a will.

On my blog the Groffs made one accusation after another that turned out to either be exaggerations or outright falsehoods concerning how they, and their son’s gravesite were treated by their son’s lover. I understand how grief can make people want to lash out. But there’s clearly more then that going on with them.

And it’s runts like LaBarbera who are busy driving these wedges of fear and shame and ignorance between parents and their children. LaBarbera should be ashamed of himself. But then, he should take a drive down whatever lonely road he abandoned his conscience on, apologize profusely to it, take it back home and promise to take better care of it in the future too, and I doubt that’ll happen either.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.