This article is presented as news, but is relays information selectively; still, it is possible to ask some important questions:
Would this legislation truly bar `reparative therapy'? Or would it just prevent parent/s from compelling their minor `child'(up to age 18) from participating? Would a therapist/counselor truly lose his/her license for discussing the issue at the minor's request?
The author states that '...other candidates defended immorality and attacked the practice of traditional circumcision"; a couple of glaring problems here:
First, the paragraph in the Old Testament book Leviticus, saying that a man laying with another man is a abomination, is not accepted by most people as the infallible word of the Creator; most Americans do not consider homosexuality to be immoral.
Second, it is deceptive to speak of attacks on `the practice of traditional circumcision'; most people are shocked, horrified, and outraged to learn that many Orthodox Jewish rabbis still support and even promote an ancient version of circumcision in which the person performing the circumcision suck on the penis of the infant (look up `Metzizah B'Peh'). In any other setting, such an act would be treated as criminal; the law requires anyone to report sexual acts performed on/by/with children to police and other authorities.
The author complains that candidate Quinn opposes spending public money to buy Yeshiva textooks, which would be the position/policy of any court (except insular, semi-secret religious/non-secular courts - look up rabbinical councils, the VAAD, etc.) or true American.
That Quinn would oppose using public funds to rebuild buildings of religious institutions would seem to be simply consistent.
It is the attitude of and policies promoted by people such as the author which actually `abandon people to lifelong loneliness and despair by denying all hope'- for them to live free of coercive repression in accord with a basic aspect of their personality, as protected by the U.S. Constitution and the preceding Declaration of Independence.