Showing posts with label Marcus Bachmann's Pray away the gay. Show all posts
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November 10, 2013

Gay Addiction Clinic in Ecuador is Raided Patients Barely Alive


                                                                          

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Game ranger course ‘general’ is on trial for murder, child abuse, neglect and allegedly forced teen to eat his own feces. This picture was taken from change a gay in South Africa last summer. This 15 yr old boy died. Called Rangers Submitted themselves to paid 10 weeks or longer coarse. The young man above was there 10 weeks $2400.00 coarse
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In Ecuador this week:
The Ecuadorian government has pledged to shut down all 'gay cure' clinics
The Government of Ecuador has
promise to close down all
such clinics.
 Seventeen captives were freed from what is being described as a “gay addiction” torture clinic in Ecuador on Thursday.
Several of the patients freed during the raid, including a 15-year-old, were found “barely alive” living in inhumane conditions with some reporting they were being raped and electrocuted in attempts to “cure them” of their homosexuality.
Authorities arrested seven people following a dawn raid on theUnion and Hope Clinic in Pisuli, located north of Quito, a facility which claims to treat their patient’s drug and alcohol problems. But one victim claims she was forced to stand barefoot in a shallow pool of dirty water that was rigged with an electrical charge.
“These people were being held against their will, overcrowded, in degrading, unhealthy conditions,” a justice official said, AFP reports. “They were sleeping on the floor. They had no sewer system.
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The justice official also confirmed the minor was being held prisoner at the ‘addiction clinic’ to cure him of a ‘behavioral problem’.
All 17 captives were taken to a hospital for recovery.
In July, the Ecuadorian government acknowledged the existence of a network of more than 80 unlicensed clinics in the South American Country who specialize in treating addictions and ‘curing’ homosexuality by regularly torturing their patients. At least two patients have died from their ‘treatments’ at these facilities.
Authorities discovered the unlicensed clinic while on the hunt for 22-year-old student David Romo, also believed to be gay, who disappeared on May 16 (pictured below).
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Police believe he was held at the Union and Hope Clinic before being transfered to another clinic.
In another case, a young woman named Zulema, came forward last June and said she had been placed in a clinic in Napo by her family to “cure” her of being a lesbian. Zulema said she suffered prolonged physical and psychological attacks during her torture at the facility.
Since March 2012, 18 centres for addiction treatment have been closed — 15 for human rights violations and three for health violations.
[Image Credit: FiscaliaEcuador and adamfoxieShares]

October 30, 2013

Evangelicals Scaring Children to Follow and Gays to Be Straight

hell house Hell House: Evangelical Christians Scare Children Into Following Jesus

HELL Houses will scare you kids into following the ways of Chris. They can also make you straight.
Brian Kirk told us:
“Part of salvation is being afraid of going to hell,” says the youth pastor at Trinity Church Assemblies of God in Cedar Hill, Texas. As depicted in the excellent documentary Hell House, each Halloween season Trinity Church hosts an alternative to the traditional haunted house. Instead of vampires and werewolves, guests are treated to scenes such as a young girl having an abortion, a gay man suffering from AIDS, a teen dying in an auto accident who failed to give his life to Christ. In each scenario, these presumed sinners are tormented by actors dressed as demons. The implication, none too subtle, is that each deserves both their suffering and their one-way ticket to damnation. The gay man, molested by his uncle as a child, chose to have sex and contract HIV. The teen girl chose to get drugged at a rave, raped, and become pregnant. The boy in the car wreck chose hell because he refused to listen to his parents’ religious teachings. The message of these hell houses is that the same fate awaits us all. But wait! There’s hope. These terror tours usually end with a glimpse of heaven and the opportunity to give one’s life to Jesus.
Over the past 17 years, Evangelical churches around the world (though predominantly in the Southern and Midwestern United States) have received over 75,000 visitors to Hell Houses – haunted houses aimed not just at scaring you, but at teaching you that “sin destroys and Jesus saves.” The houses typically have seven rooms that depict mortal sins, such as suicide, drunk driving, homosexuality, abortion, or domestic abuse. Most of the scenarios end in death. And they all end with Hell and Heaven rooms, which show the everlasting consequences of our life’s decisions – i.e. eternal damnation and torture, or acceptance into the kingdom of God.
There are many variations on this theme: a hayride through hell, a demon-guided stroll in a cemetery, a train trip of terror, and so on—but all presentations have three things in common. First, there is a series of mini-dramas, gruesome, death-centered tableaux always presented in lurid, edgy (some say cheesy), soap-opera style. These run the gamut from smoking-related cancer deaths to school shootings, teen suicides, fiery car crashes, botched abortions, homosexual teens dying of AIDS, and all kinds of family traumas—domestic violence, divorce, sex abuse (including incest), and the like. The aim of the skit is to show the truth of the New Testament dictum, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23), not only physical death in this world, but also eternal punishment in hell in the next.
After the “incidents” come the consequences, namely, a visit to hell. “Hell” is a dark, smoke-filled room complete with strobe lights and the shrieks of tortured souls. The dénouement is a Mel Gibson-esque portrayal of the crucifixion followed by a personal appeal to accept Jesus Christ. Sometimes an actor impersonating Jesus makes the appeal himself in a breath-minted, nose-to-nose encounter with those presumably shaken by what they have seen.
You can buy a Hell House kit:
Scenes Included:
Hell House Kit – Teen Drunk Driver
Homosexuality – No one is born gay. Genesis C1 V27 says that God created man in His own image. Homosexuality is sin and is not just an alternative lifestyle.
Abortion – It is not merely a surgical procedure or the removal of a mass of tissue. It is the taking of a human life!
Suicide – The solution to your problems and depression is not found through ending your life. Let Jesus carry you through those tough times and be the strength you are searching for.
Drunk Driving – The false highs and constant lows of alcohol are never more sobering than when you realize that you are a killer.
Satanism – The occult is very powerful and not something to toy with. Jesus Christ possesses the only power greater than the kingdom of darkness.
Hell – Hell is not an eternal party place. It is the home of never-ending torment, anguish and permanent damnation and separation from God.
Heaven – Heaven is the eternal reward for those whose names are written in the Book Of Life. It is a place of exquisite beauty crowned by the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and His holy angels.
Additional Scene Packages Available:
Domestic Abuse – A phenomenal surprise beginning to the production starts by including this scene. The home and family is a major target for the kingdom of hell and abuse is fuel on the fire for doing damage to marriages and relationships.
Rave Scene – Youth culture often sees itself as wildly indestructible. The underground world of rave clubs and drug usage proves to be a deadly combination, and hell’s demons rejoice.
Gay Wedding – The sacred institution of marriage between a man and a woman is further disgraced by the unholy union of a man and a man, and Satan wouldn’t have it any other way.
How was hello house for you? Read the reviews of Trinity Church 1231 E. Pleasant Run Rd. Cedar Hill:

I am not a churchgoer. Organized religion works well for some people but I’m very much of the “whatever floats your boat, just keep it to yourself” way of thinking. BUT Hell House is such a icon of crazy religiosity that when I realized it was only 30 minutes away, I had to check it out…
What wasn’t lame was the abortion scenario -it was clearly the scene they put the most effort into. The girl who acted as the nurse demon was really funny and good at delivering her didactic, misguided anti-choice rhetoric. They pulled out some “baby chunks” and showed them around to the crowd and one of the death monitors said “Mmmmmm.”…
They say you can thank Jerry Falwell for the show:
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Colorado-based Keenan Roberts has led the way with his publication of a how-to kit for pastors and youth ministers who want to put a little scare-mongering into their teen evangelism program. For several hundred dollars you can buy this resource with directions on how to construct an effective Hell House. There are scripts for seven rooms and instruction on how to present a graphic hell scene and a closing “come to Jesus” scenario. If you want some help putting on a sizzling evangelism event this Halloween, then Roberts’ Hell House Outreach Kit just might be what you are looking for! This kit, available in all fifty states and twenty-six countries around the world, is sold to church leaders who want to “get prayed up and powered up” and “prepared for the ride” of their ministry life. The kit comes with this admonition: Shake your city with the most “in-your-face, high-flyin’, no denyin’, death-defyin’, Satan-be-cryin’, keep-ya-from-fryin’, theatrical stylin’, no holds barred, cutting-edge” evangelism tool of the new millennium!
Photo: The Rev. Jerry Falwell, President of the Moral Majority, takes a turn atop a Texas longhorn steer during a party sponsored by the National Political Action Committee in Dallas on Tuesday, August 21, 1984. 
Now enjoy the film:



August 20, 2013

Gov.Christie Calls Gay Therapy an “ Insidious Form of Child Abuse"

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seen in 2011, signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. It is so nice to be able to report good governing from an elected politician. Gay Therapy is older than electric shock treatment and yet there are some people that hate a man or woman being different  than the norm that some people actually stop and listen to these charlatans and quacks that in the name of religion and easy money put children and adults through this hellish process. A process in which it promises results when that is impossible and is been proven and re-proven. There is a lot of money to be $made$ but no overhead inventory or costs. A simple living room or basement would do and the result is always the same failure and even under failure some people want to believe it so bad like a blind person at a healing revival that they themselves would say they can ‘see' to then trip over the first man they run into. 

Now the Governor having said that being gay is natural and is not a sin, I wish he would use those same brain cells to let same sex happen in NJ.  As most of you might know a bill was passed by both houses of thee NJ legislature that would have brought same sex marriage to NJ, the Governor Vetoed it saying that he would rather wait and and have it submitted to the public in some kind of referendum. Im sure that if he had a close family member waiting to exchange vows and only had a few months to go because of illness, he would change his mind about waiting for something that eventually will happen in any case. It is not a good practical matter to delay something that will happen and as a result the only damaged would be the end in the state of ill conceived ideas of who should be allow to commit themselves for life like is done everyday in the other states and nations that allow it.
Once the governor has put one foot forward by saying that being gay is natural, can’t be change and is not a sin then not allowing gay people to make a commitment like other states are doing then what ever political damage he was going to suffer is already done and the fastest he can get all this behind him the better he would be. Having one foot in and one out as the train is moving is a bad position to be no matter where you are headed.
 Below is the report from POLITICO today in reference to the Governors remarks explaining his rejection of changing one’s sexual Orientation.
Some people call it smart republican politics when it really it is not. Once the Governor says that being gay is something you can’t change and is not a sin then going t
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.
The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support in June. Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly gay, described the therapy as "an insidious form of child abuse.” 
In a note accompanying the bill, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual acts are sins.
The Republican governor also said the health risks of trying to change a child's sexual orientation, as identified by the American Psychological Association, outweigh concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice.
"Government should tread carefully into this area," he said in the note, "and I do so here reluctantly."
"However, I also believe that on the issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards," Christie said, citing a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression and suicide. "I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate."
Gay rights activists applauded the ban but pushed for more.
"It is our truest hope that the governor will realize, as the majority of the legislature and a super-majority of the pubic have realized, that the best way to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth are protected from the abuse of being ostracized is to provide them with equality," Troy Stevenson, executive director of the state's largest gay rights group, Garden State Equality, said in a statement.
Christie previously vetoed gay marriage legislation. He has said he supports the state's civil union law, which was enacted to give gay couples the benefits of marriage but not the title. Gay couples have since sued, claiming that the law provides unequal treatment to same-sex couples. Their lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court ruling granting federal benefits to gay married couples strengthens their case in state court, while Christie administration lawyers say the federal government should recognize the state's civil union law as the equivalent to marriage. A trial court decision is expected next month.
Gay rights groups say the practice of conversion therapy is damaging to young people because it tells them that it's not acceptable to be whoever they are.
Some social conservatives framed the debate as a parental rights issue, saying a ban on the counseling would limit the ability of parents to do what they think is best for their children.
The idea of conversion therapy is an old one that has increasingly drawn criticism for its methods. Last year, four gay men sued a Jersey City group for fraud, saying its program included making them strip naked and attack effigies of their mothers with baseball bats.
Lawmakers heard horror stories from some during hearings on the ban, including Brielle Goldani of Toms River, who testified she underwent electric shocks and was given drugs to induce vomiting after being sent to an Ohio camp at age 14 to become straight.
But, they also heard from Tara King, a Brick-based counselor, who said she should be allowed to "fix" what patients, even under-aged clients, want fixed.
 Adam Gonzalez, Publisher

    July 27, 2013

    “Equadores” Against Homophobia Where Shocked by Inhumane Conversion Clinic



    Ecuadorean activists protest against homophobia and sexual discrimination in Quito on May 17, 2005. The country of 15.8 million people has at least 80 unlicensed drug and alcohol rehab clinics, many that are also used for anti-gay conversion therapy, Health Minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay, said, adding that the country is cracking down on such practices.
    Ecuadorean activists protest against homophobia and sexual discrimination in Quito on May 17, 2005. The country of 15.8 million people has at least 80 unlicensed drug and alcohol rehab clinics, many that are also used for anti-gay conversion therapy, Health Minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay, said, adding that the country is cracking down on such practices.

     Sent to a center offering to "cure" her attraction to women, Denisse Freire was raped and tortured -- in a practice Ecuadoran authorities admit has been tolerated for too long.
    The country of 15.8 million people has at least 80 unlicensed drug and alcohol rehab clinics, many that are also used for anti-gay conversion therapy, Health Minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay, said.                                
    Two people, admitted for addiction issues, died last year at the clandestine centers, she told foreign reporters at a press conference, adding that authorities have begun to crack down.
    At these centers, "we have reports of physical attacks, the use of ice water on inmates," Vance said.
    "We have lesbians who have reported what the clinics called 'sex therapy,' but which consists of being raped by men," the minister said.
    Freire, now 25, was just 15 when her mother discovered her in her room with a female schoolmate.
    Outraged, she sent her daughter to a "Christian camp" in a remote area in southeastern Ecuador.
    There, Freire said, "they tortured me with electric shocks, didn't let me bathe for three days, gave me almost nothing to eat, hit me a lot, hung me by my feet.
    "They told me it was for my own good."
    There were also sexual punishments, all aimed at ridding the young girl of her homosexuality.
    The center was nominally a evangelical Christian rehabilitation clinic for drug and alcohol addiction. But Freire said she was there with four other young people -- all because they were gay.
    After two months, Freire escaped.
    Her case was not an isolated one. Authorities say the inhumane practice is a wide-ranging problem that has ensnared even government officials -- such as the health ministry official who was recently the subject of a criminal complaint after it emerged she owned a clandestine clinic offering therapy against homosexuality.
    "We are talking here about a mafia, a network that operates nationally in each of the provinces, which are violating human rights," Health Minister Vance said.
    Since March 2012, authorities have closed 18 rehab clinics: 15 for human rights violations and three for violations of health standards, the ministry said.
    Still, more clinics remain.
    In June, Zulema Constante, a 22-year-old psychology student, escaped a clinic in the eastern city of Tena, where she said her family had forcibly admitted her to cure her of homosexuality.
    She was handcuffed and locked in a straightjacket. "I had to pray, they gave me food poisoning, forced me to clean toilets with my hands, and told me I was wrong to be a lesbian," she told reporters.
    The clinic is owned by a health official in the region.
    Constante's girlfriend, Cynthia Rodriguez, launched a social media campaign to report the case, building public pressure that allowed her to be set free after three weeks.
    But activists say too many complaints are unsuccessful.
    "Why?" asks Leah Burbano of the Lesbian Women and Woman Movement. Because the people forcing the victims into the clinics "are family and that creates an emotional weight."
    "But this is not a struggle between parents and children. It's a struggle against these clinics."
    Ecuadoran law authorizes forced treatment for addicts with approval from a judge.
    But health minister Vance emphasized in no case is the forced treatment allowed to seek to "cure" homosexuality.
    source: AFP

    December 23, 2012

    Bushy Judges Vote for Trying to Allow Changing Sexual Orientation of Minor

     
    A federal appeals court has now put a hold on a new state law intended to 
    prevent therapists from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, 
    dealing a setback to gay rights groups, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
    A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to 
    block the law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, pending a decision on its
     constitutionality, according to the newspaper.

    The law was authored by State Sen. Ted W. Lieu (D-Redondo Beach).
    "This is a very good sign for our clients," Mathew Staver told the Times.
     Staver is the founder of Liberty Counsel, a religious liberties group that
     sued to block the law, arguing that it violates free speech rights.
    "To get an injunction pending appeal is a very difficult thing to do,” 
    Staver told the newspaper.

    A spokeswoman for state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Harris 
    would "vigorously defend" a law that banned what she termed an
     "unsound and harmful practice."
    The law would subject psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental
     health professionals to discipline by their licensing boards for providing
     minors therapy to change their sexual orientation. The state and many
     professional groups say the therapy is ineffective and potentially dangerous.
    A District Court judge initially rejected the suit by Liberty Counsel, whose
     clients include a 15-year-old boy undergoing the therapy. 

     The Christian- oriented legal group appealed that decision to the 9th Circuit.
    The judges who are hearing the case are Alfred T. Goodwin, appointed by President Nixon; Edward Leavy, a Reagan appointee; and Milan D. Smith Jr., named to the court by President George W. Bush.

    UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who believes that the law is constitutional, said its opponents "won this round.

    "This doesn't determine the ultimate outcome by the 9th Circuit," the Chemerinsky told the newspaper. "It still has to rule on the merits, and it could well go to the Supreme Court. But obviously this is a preliminary loss for supporters of the law.”

    California's ban on trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, the first of its kind in the nation, has divided the lower courts. The federal judge in Sacramento who refused to block the law was appointed by President Obama. She concluded that it did not violate the 1st Amendment. Her colleague on the same bench, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, concluded that it was likely that the law infringed on free speech protections.

    A task force report by the American Psychological Association in 2009 said the therapy could trigger depression, suicide and substance abuse.
    The new law was supported by the California Psychological Association, the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the California Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

    October 18, 2012

    Michele Bachman Gay Step Sis Describes How Michele has Hurt Her



    Congressman Michele Bachmann's gay stepsister is now speaking out about the strained relationship she has with the woman she once considered a best friend.
    The revealing story shows how Bachmann, the former Republican presidential candidate, has grown apart from her younger step sister Helen LeFave in light of Helen's homosexuality.
    Bachmann has made her name on her strong stance against gay marriage, likening same sex relationships to that of 'enslavement' and 'bondage'. 
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    By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    Close relatives: Michele Bachmann's mother married Helen LeFave's (right) father and the two women were very close when they were younger but not anymore
    Close relatives: Michele Bachmann's mother married Helen LeFave's (right) father and the two women were very close when they were younger but not anymore
    Close relatives: Michele Bachmann's mother married Helen LeFave’s
     (right) father and the two women were very close when they were
    younger but not anymore…..
    Now as her home state prepares to vote on an amendment for their constitution to potentially ban gay marriage, Ms LeFave decided to speak with The New York Times about the how her relationship with Bachmann has changed.
    As teenagers, Michele and Helen became close once Helen's father married Michele's divorced mother Arlene.
     Helen told The Times' Frank Bruni that when she was a teenager she 'looked up to Michele' who was, at that time, a college student who would return home during school breaks.
    In the past 40 years that Helen has known Michele, much has changed including the politician's drastic swing from a Carter-supporting Democrat to a far-right conservative Republican who publicly pushed for gay marriage bans in her state.
    Traditional marriage: Michele and her husband Marcus have been advocates for the fight against gay marriage
    Traditional marriage: Michele and her husband Marcus have been
     advocates for the fight against gay marriage
    While Helen has only made passing comments about her relationship with Michele in the past- for fear of upsetting her 87-year-old father who is still married to Michele's mother- she decided to change that as the vote on the marriage ban approaches.
    That isn't to say that Helen hasn't tried to change Michele's mind in the past.
    In 2003, Helen wrote a letter to her then-state senator stepsister, urging Bachmann to back down from the political fight she had instigated over gay marriage. 
    'You've taken aim at me. You've taken aim at my family,' Helen wrote in the letter.
    She says that Michele knows her Helen's partner of more than a decade, Nia Wronski, and they have all spent time together at various family reunions.
    Those personal connections have not stopped Bachmann from continuing her fight against the gay community; in fact, they have made her crusade even more personal.
    Raising the issue: Helen said that she has written letters to Michele urging her to reconsider her stance on gay marriage but she has never had a direct conversation with her about it
    Raising the issue: Helen said that she has written letters to Michele urging her to reconsider her
     stance on gay marriage but she has never had a direct conversation with her about it
    'Any of you who have members of your family in the lifestyle, we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It's a very sad life. It's part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay,' Bachmann said previously.
    At one point, she allegedly made up a story about how she was not the only one in her family to take issue with Helen's lifestyle, reportedly telling the Star Tribune that their family had done a straw poll over whether or not to support Helen and the vote came up against.
    'The reality was she hadn't taken a family vote count, nor would my family ever do such a thing,' Bachmann's stepbrother Mike LeFave told The Daily Beast.
    'I just find it terrible that when Michele was taken by surprise by a question she wasn't prepared for, the first thing she did was throw not only my sister but her whole family under the bus.'
    Together: Helen has been romantically involved with Nia Wronski (right) for over a decade
    Together: Helen has been romantically involved with Nia Wronski (right) for over a decade
    Together: Helen has been romantically involved with Nia Wronski (right) for over a decade
    Despite her rhetoric, Michele has not cut off all ties to Helen.
    In 2008, Bachmann received two tickets to President Obama's inauguration and she passed them along to Helen and Nia knowing that they were supporters.
    Most recently, Helen and Michele have seen each other twice over the past year, and one time Michele slipped back to her old ways of hugging Helen and telling her 'I love you' as they say goodbye, leaving Helen confused and hurt.  
    Helen said that even if the amendment- which she called Michele's 'very, very sad legacy' from her time in state government- is passed, she and Nia still plan to wed. If it is not legal in Minnesota, they will drive out of state. 
    Michele will not be invited.
    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
    Helen LaFave and Nia Wronski at the Inauguration Jan. 20, 2009 from julie phillips on Vimeo.



    October 5, 2012

    Ca. Being Sued Because They Don’t Allow Gay Changing Therapy


    Gay men kiss during LGBT Pride parade in Barcelona (Shutterstock)
     The Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a new California law that prohibits mental health providers in the state from attempting to change the sexual orientation of minors.
    By Eric W. Dolan
     
    S.B. 1172, which takes effect at the beginning of 2013, violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and religious freedom, according to the lawsuit. The Liberty Counsel also said in the lawsuit that S.B. 1172 interfered with the doctor-patient relationship by preventing patients from being provided the full range of treatment options.
    The law completely bans so-called “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy for those under 18. For adult patients, the new law requires patients to fill out a consent form that states “a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder” and notes the therapy could be harmful.
    “This law forces clients to receive and counselors to provide only one viewpoint on the subject of same-sex attractions, even when the client does not want to act on those attractions,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “This law even forbids counselors from referring clients to someone of their choice. For the state to assume that it knows best what kind of counseling individuals should receive is the height of hubris and ignorance.”
    When signing the legislation into law in September, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the therapy was being “relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”
    The American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association have both officially stated there is no solid evidence that reparative therapy can change sexual orientation, but said there was evidence it could be harmful.
    “These extreme anti-LGBT groups are grasping at straws with these lawsuits,” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), said in a statement. “Every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these practices are ineffective and dangerous.
    “The state has the right and obligation to protect young people from this abuse, which can lead to depression, substance abuse, self-harm, and even suicide. This law is no different from a thousand others that protect kids, from prohibiting underage smoking and drinking to requiring parents to use car seats. NCLR will commit all the energy and resources necessary to defend this vital and life-saving law.”
    [Gay men kiss via Shutterstock]

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