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It's an online battle between Alan Osmond, oldest brother of the singing Osmonds, and the LGBT community.
At issue is an article Osmond wrote in July for his conservative website, TheFamily.com, in which he argues that homosexuality is "not innate and unchangeable" and that gays and lesbians can be treated with so-called "reparative therapy" to "diminish homosexual attraction and make changes in their lives."
(Osmond's opinion is in line with that of many of his fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, Osmond quotes the late LDS prophet Gordon B. Hinckley extensively.)
The story was unearthed in October by writer Will Kohler for the LGBT blog Back2Stonewall. Kohler called the article "so misinformed, ill written and LDS cultlike you expect kool-aid to be served alongside of it."
Since then, the article, and Kohler's response, has been picked up by the LGBT magazine The Advocate (which mocked Osmond for once hiring Chuck Norris to make the Osmond brothers' dance moves more butch - click on the video link above) and liberal news website The Huffington Post.