Magazine article The Christian Century

Dr. Laura Apologizes to Gays and Lesbians

Magazine article The Christian Century

Dr. Laura Apologizes to Gays and Lesbians

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Two days after Yom Kippur, Judaism's holy day of atonement, embattled TV and radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger issued a printed apology to gays and lesbians, asking for forgiveness if her on-air comments have offended the gay community.

"I deeply regret the hurt this situation has caused the gay and lesbian community," wrote Schlessinger, host of Paramount Television's new syndicated Dr. Laura talk show, in a four-paragraph letter covering the back page of Daily Variety, an entertainment trade newspaper.

Some advertisers have been persuaded to stay away from the show by gay and lesbian activist groups that have targeted Schlessinger because she has described homosexuals with such words as "deviant" and "biological errors" on her separately run national radio call-in advice show.

"I have told parents consistently that all people are made in the image of [God] and that familial love is more important than any differences between them," wrote Schlessinger. "While I express my opinions from the perspective of an Orthodox Jew and a staunch defender of the traditional family, in talking about gays and lesbians, some of my words have been poorly chosen. …

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