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Calif Bill Would Ban Gay Teen ’Conversion’ Therapy

Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-State lawmakers have approved a bill that would establish a first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight.

The California Assembly on Tuesday approved the high-profile bill on a 52-22 vote after a heated debate, with many Republicans opposed. The bill returns to the Senate for a final vote.

Supporters say SB1172 is needed because sexual conversion treatments are dangerous and can cause teens to commit suicide.

Conservative religious groups and some Republicans argue that banning conversion therapy would hinder parents' right to provide psychological care for their children.

Mainstream mental health organizations have disavowed such therapy, but it is still practiced in California.

Democratic Senator Ted Lieu, of Torrance, who wrote the bill, says sexual orientation therapy amounts to "psychological abuse of children."

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  • , 2012-08-29 17:11:15

    Wow. That’s the first time I heard of a bill like that. It’s a good thing, too. For those who want to be who they are don’t have to fight it anymore.

  • , 2012-08-30 02:28:41

    It needs to be abandon and it is dangerous - If a teenager wnts to be gay, thats his business and no one else . Parents needs to Butt out ! Parents are suppose to support them than sending them to someone to make them change and abusing them !!

  • , 2012-08-30 10:36:06

    no one "wants" to be gay! that should have been "if a teenager IS gay...." homosexuality isn’t a’s genetic, but as for the law, there shouldn’t have been a need for it in the first place, however religion has cause much suffering in this world and continues to do so...kudos to the California Assembly for taking a stand and helping to protect youth!

  • , 2012-08-30 13:37:45

    Let’s hope this is a trend. As for the other comments - I was "born" Gay and I definitely WANT to be Gay!

  • Wayne M., 2012-08-31 20:54:12

    Conversion therapy or reparative therapies is simply a form of quack psychology and causes great harm and confusion. Not only should it be outlawed in California, it needs to be outlawed everywhere. Those individuals and groups advocating this "therapy" also need to be held accountable for the harm they have already caused and be required to return any money they have taken from the people they have misled and misinformed.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-09-01 12:10:49

    There is actually some irony in this process. We’re constantly being accused of trying to use the gay agenda to induct, entice, trick and convert people to become "fabulous". In reality, they’re the only ones trying to change people.

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