Cynthia Nixon's comment on whether being gay is a choice has been used to support “ex-gay” therapy.

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) used the comment in discussing the gay community's opposition to “ex-gay” therapy, which attempts to “cure” gay men and lesbians.

“I think honestly, partly, it's that personally, people still find it quite painful to come to terms with being gay and the way they do it is by saying, 'I'm born that way,' 'God made me that way.' So it becomes part of their identity structure for coping with what was probably initially not very happy feelings about it,” Gallagher told

“There are a lot of women who will tell you that they made a choice to be a lesbian. In fact, some famous celebrity just did this.”

Nixon, a co-star of the HBO series Sex and the City, told The New York Times that being gay, for her, is a choice. She later expanded on her statement, saying that she is bisexual.

“I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact,” Nixon said. “What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship.”

Gallagher suggested Nixon had been pressured to change her stance.

“And then they all dumped on [Nixon], and she retreated and said her orientation is bisexual. So, I mean, that's part of the definition too. I think it's definitional. If you could have a relationship with both – a non-gay relationship – that means your orientation's not gay. Your orientation is bisexual by definition, right? … If you could change, that would show that you weren't really gay. I don't know how you get to decide who's gay and not gay, but it's an interesting conversation.”

“It's hard to be gay in America, so I guess that probably does deeply relate to it,” she added.

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