Clifford Rosky Interviewed by Deseret News on Medved Column

Clifford Rosky, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed in a May 26 Deseret News article, “Survey implies gay sexual identity ‘fluid’”.

The article, by Deseret News reporter Michael De Groote, is a local response to a USA Today column by conservative columnist Michael Medved. In that column, Medved draws on a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics and Prevention that concludes only 1.4 percent of Americans self identify as gay. According to the Deseret News article, only six percent of respondents said they ever engaged in any type of physical intimacy with a member of the same sex. Medved said this “suggests a far more fluid, varied life experience for those who acknowledge same-sex attraction” and that “choice and change play larger roles in sexual identity than commonly assumed.”

Rosky, a board member of Equality Utah, said that he disagreed with some of Medved’s analysis, but agreed with his main points: “I think the overall message of the column is very clear,” Rosky told De Groote. “Gay people should be respected regardless of how many people are gay.… A person’s dignity doesn’t depend upon whether he is a member of the minority or the majority.”

The Deseret News article is available here.