Greg Quinlan on Thursday demanded an apology from New Jersey lawmakers.

Quinlan, the president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), a group that claims homosexuality can and should be altered, became heated testifying in front of the New Jersey Assembly Committee considering a bill which would make New Jersey the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.

“I want to talk first of all about something I heard from the very beginning by people of this Legislature that we are bigots as people of faith, because we do not hold that homosexual marriage should be codified. That somehow we are bigots and we are ideologues because we are people of faith. I want to address that hate,” Quinlan testified. “Everyone in this room who is a person of faith deserves an apology from one of the sponsors of this bill for calling us bigots.”

Chairman Peter J. Barnes interrupted Quinlan, reminding him that no one on the panel had used such language.

“To date there is zero evidence that anyone is born a homosexual, zero,” Quinlan continued. “In fact it's homosexual researchers and scientists that are proving that homosexuality is not innate and had no biological ideology.”

“Homosexuality is not immutable. … There are many ex-gays; Anne Heche, to name one, Sinead O'Connor and myself. I left the homosexual lifestyle almost 20 years ago. Lived as a homosexual activist for 10 years of my life.”

Quinlan insisted that “homosexuality is not a civil right.”

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