Dr. Laura Apologizes For Comments on Homosexuality

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - In a move designed to quiet homosexual activists who have criticized her new television show, Dr. Laura Schlessinger released a statement Friday saying that she never intended "to hurt anyone or contribute in any way to an atmosphere of hate or intolerance" with her comments on homosexuality.

"Regrettably, some of the words I've used have hurt some people, and I am sorry for that," said the popular radio talk show host. "Words that I have used in a clinical context have been perceived as judgement. They were not meant to characterize homosexual individuals or encourage others to disparage homosexuals."

Last month, Schlessinger and Paramount met with members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in what was seen as an effort by the homosexual rights group to silence Schlesinger's favorable comments on reparative therapy as a way for homosexuals who want to change their homosexual lifestyle to do so.

At the time, a spokesperson for Schlessinger said the talk show host "held her ground absolutely" and will have control on what expert opinion is heard on the show regarding homosexuality.

GLAAD released a statement Sunday, saying that "an apology without a fundamental change in behavior is meaningless. If Schlessinger is sincere in her apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, then it must be accompanied by a change in her actions."

The group pledged to "continue to monitor" Schlessinger's show, and praised Paramount's "shared commitment to present society's issues without creating or contributing to an environment of hurt, hate or intolerance."

Paramount released a statement Monday that reiterated their commitment to Dr. Laura's show, which they described as a "discussion of our society's moral and ethical issues in an environment free from hate, intolerance or the censorship of speech and ideas."

"We are committed to the production of Dr. Laura's upcoming television show," said Paramount, "which is planned to include multiple points of view, derived from a variety of sources, guests and a studio audience."