No more “gay cure” treatment in California!

Remember the bill that was being considered in California that would make any treatment trying to alter someone’s sexuality illegal?  It passed last week!

“This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement on Saturday after he signed the bill into law. “These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

mmmMMMmmm…where else can I get more politicians telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth like that?

Answer: Ireland.


Oh look!

A Christian legal group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a landmark California law that bars a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality from being used on children and teens, calling it a violation of privacy and free speech rights.

California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed the ban into law over the weekend, making the nation’s most populous state the first to ban so-called conversion therapy among youth. Gay rights advocates say the therapy can psychologically harm gay and lesbian youth.

“This legislation is an outrageous violation of the civil rights of youth, of parents and of licensed counselors, including clergy who are licensed counselors,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which filed the suit late on Monday for a student who underwent the therapy and two counselors.

“What we’re advocating is for all to have the freedom and liberty to seek the counseling that meets their needs,” Dacus told Reuters by telephone.

The treatment they need?  If you have an open wound, you need treatment to stop the bleeding.  What will happen if LGBT people don’t get this treatment?  Nothing, because they don’t need it.  If anything, the therapy gay people need is mitigate the psychological damage resulting from the culture of shame and ostracism cultivated by religious people.  Therapy is for the treatment of mental illness, which sexual orientation is most absolutely not.

And according to every credible psychological association, including the APA, gay conversion therapy does not work.  Licensed counselors should use gay conversion therapy like doctors should use homeopathy.  Arguing that psychologists should have the right to use treatment that contributes to the stigma that being gay is somehow a sickness and that sells an effect that the treatment doesn’t produce is silly – especially when those treatments can do psychological harm.

Of course, the harm of others is the price they’ll pay to legislate the love of Christ.

About JT Eberhard

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.

  • http://skepticalimerick.blogspot.com/ Rich Stage

    What to do if your kid is gay?
    Accept them, or love them? No way!
    For now, in the west
    the children are blessed:
    You can’t make the gay go away.

  • Zugswang

    I, for one, am glad it’s finally happened, but nonetheless surprised that it’s taken us this long to outlaw something that is nothing more than another form of child abuse.

  • Drakk

    BUT WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHRISTIANZ!!!1

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