Gay "cure" therapists one-step closer to getting banned in California.

The state Assembly in California has passed a bill that would deny a license to therapists using therapy to “cure” gay people.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, says treatments that attempt to change a gay kid into a straight kid are harmful and amount to “psychological abuse of children.”

“These non-scientific efforts have led in some cases to patients later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish,” Lieu said in a press release hailing the vote.

Hell to the yes.  Of course, it keeps people from abusing gays, so naturally the Republicans are arguing that their rights are being violated.

Opponents said during debate that the bill intrudes on the rights of parents to make choices for their children’s care.

“That’s why parents have children — to hand down their legacies, their belief systems, the way they want their children raised,” Assembly member Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

And nobody’s stopping them.  You can tell your kids that sexual orientation can be changed.  You can tell the evolution is false.  You could tell them that burglary is a good career choice.  But governments must operate on reality, and they shouldn’t license therapists who do damage to children just because you want to send your child there.

Well done, California.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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