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California Bans ‘Reparative Therapies’ for Minors

October 7th, 2012 by Admin

California has become the first state to ban the use of so called reparative therapies for minors to “overcome “homosexuality, a step hailed by gay rights groups across the country that say the “therapies” have caused dangerous emotional harm to gay and lesbian teenagers.

Here’s what the bill says:  “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement after signing the bill into law.  “These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be delegated to the dustbin of quackery.” 

We can change many things about ourselves—like the color of our hair, even the color of our eyes with contact lenses, and with plastic surgery we can change the shape of our nose.  But what we cannot change is our sexual orientation.  That is part of our fundamental nature.  And that is what reparative therapy groups have tried to do. The reality is if someone is gay, he or she is gay. No matter how hard you try, you can’t change a bird into a fish because you don’t like the song it sings. You might teach a bird to swim, but eventually it will fly; that’s what birds do.To purposely try to change someone who’s gay into someone who’s straight by attempting to change his or her natural sexual orientation is not only psychologically damaging, it’s downright Orwellian.

Legislators in New Jersey and a few other states have discussed introducing similar bills to ban the use of “reparative therapies” for minors.  

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