From Focus on the Family’s "Family News in Focus" radio broadcast and an accompanying article for March 3, 2005:

Magellan Health Services, the largest health care provider in the United States, has dropped Dr. Warren Throckmorton from an advisory panel after five years. According to Focus on the Family, Throckmorton was dropped because he believes homosexuality is not a fixed condition.

But in the radio interview, Throckmorton refers only vaguely to unspecified "views" that Magellan allegedly found objectionable. In fact, some of Throckmorton’s controversial views have little to do with the mutability of sexual orientation.

Scroll to 6:07 for the broadcast:
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In the broadcast, Focus on the Family correspondent Steve Jordahl asks Magellan spokesperson Erin Somers a leading question: "Sounds like you’re not really tolerant of someone who does" [advocate that sexual orientation can be changed]. Somers replies: "I do not believe that is an accurate statement." She describes Throckmorton’s departure as a "business decision," says Magellan respects Throckmorton’s freedom of speech, and requests that Throckmorton reciprocate the respect.

Not likely. Throckmorton has recruited George Ohlschlager of the American Association of Christian Counselors to mount a political pressure campaign against Magellan.

Lacking any hard evidence of a gay witchhunt at Magellan, nor any quotes from gay groups or individuals who might be petrified of fluidity in sexual orientation, Ohlschlager asserts out-of-the-blue that "we are constantly being challenged by a militant gay minority who hates the appearance of any idea that change is possible."

Addendum, March 9, 2005: In the midst of this affair, Throckmorton has an opportunity to publicly address his affiliation with religious-right political campaigns that use discrimination and the threat of imprisonment to constrain and deny self-determination to people who choose not to become ex-gay.

Unfortunately, Throckmorton has chosen not to pursue the option of responsible reflection about his political activities.

Instead, Throckmorton extends his campaign of unsubstantiated assertions about others in an article on the American Family Association’s AgapePress site.

Throckmorton accuses unidentified and undocumented "homosexual activists" of pressuring Magellan and somehow denying sexual self-determination to workers who are already familiar with celibacy and capable of choosing it for themselves.

Throckmorton also implies that chief medical officer Alex Rodriguez or other Magellan leaders sympathize with him. But what Rodriguez said was (according to Throckmorton, again), "I know where you’re coming from" — not exactly an expression of support for the inclusion of religious judgmentalism in the field of corporate workplace counseling.

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