Hey mister, can you spare a dime?
To hear Greg Quinlan cooing about Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) alleged legal “victory” over Truth Wins Out this week, one could be forgiven for thinking his noxious hate group actually accomplished something monumental.
Instead, it turns out, TWO got the last laugh, as Quinlan is now begging, hat in hand, for funds to cover his legal fees. According to the fundie website One News Now:
“To my ascertation [sic], he had painted himself into a corner to the point where his small band of donors were demanding that he rise up against me and against PFOX because we called him out on the hateful rhetoric that he says against me and against others,” explains Quinlan.
Those “others” included people and organizations, such as PFOX, that promote the perspective that homosexual men and women can leave that lifestyle successfully.
The judge dismissed the case. Meanwhile, Quinlan says PFOX had to resort to insurance coverage to pay legal expenses for what he believes was a frivolous lawsuit.
“The insurance policy kicked in, but we do have a $5,000 deductible — so we’ll have to wait and see what happens there,” he states. “But in the meantime, we’re looking for help and support to get back the $5,000 in the short term.”
“The lawsuit hardly made a dent in our budget, so I think it is fair to say that we came out ahead in this case and hopefully taught PFOX a lesson,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “It is clear that PFOX is paying a steep price for having a truth challenged loose cannon as its President. “
As demonstrated by Truth Wins Out, Greg Quinlan lied on two fronts. First, he claimed that TWO’s Besen had instructed people to kill him. Then, he changed his story and asserted that Besen had made these threats in a private conversation.
“We have asked for Quinlan to provide phone records or a time and place where this alleged private conversation occurred,” said TWO’s Besen. “As one might imagine, I don’t have private conversations with people of such ilk. Quinlan has remained silent on this matter and refused to answer these basic questions because he is a liar who fabricated the entire incident. Our challenge for Quinlan stands: take a lie detector test or put a sock in it.”
Quinlan’s second fib occurred when he claimed that Besen was fired from the Human Rights Campaign. TWO provided an official letter from HRC contradicting Quinlan’s false claim. Still, Quinlan repeats this lie, setting the stage for another court case.
“In the first court case, Quinlan was able to claim he did not know the facts surrounding my leaving HRC,” said Besen. “Now that Quinlan has seen the letter refuting his baseless and false assertion, it will be significantly easier to prove malice in court the next time he repeats this lie.”