Gay conversion bill keeps Christie in spotlight
Gov. Chris Christie put pen to paper last week and enacted a bill backed by 70 percent of state lawmakers that bans licensed therapists in New Jersey from trying to change children's sexual orientation -- in essence, attempting to turn gay teens straight.
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Since: Jun 11
#1 Aug 27, 2013
Good. This so called "therapy" results in needless suffering and death, not "conversion".
"The idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-sex attraction and orientation among some adolescents is in any way abnormal or mentally unhealthy has no support among any mainstream health and mental health professional organizations.
Despite the general consensus of major medical, health, and mental health professions that both heterosexuality and homosexuality are normal expressions of human sexuality, efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy have been adopted by some political and religious organizations and aggressively promoted to the public. However, such efforts have serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure.
Because of the aggressive promotion of efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy, a number of medical, health, and mental health professional organizations have issued public statements about the dangers of this approach. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of Social Workers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises youth that counseling may be helpful for you if you feel confused about your sexual identity. Avoid any treatments that claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation, or treatment ideas that see homosexuality as a sickness."
Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth [AAP]
#2 Aug 27, 2013
I wonder what the punishment is for religious sex brainwashers who break the law?
Does New Jersey have a gas chamber?
#3 Aug 27, 2013
Spot light? Don't you mean FLOOD light?
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