Where The States Stand On “Therapy” that Amounts to Brainwashing the Gay Away

Conversion Therapy cartoon

Earlier this week, President Obama said he supports a nationwide ban on “conversion therapy. Let’s be real, “conversion therapy” or as it is also known “reparative therapy” is an euphemism for brainwashing.  It’s supported by the religious right who operate under false assumption that sexual orientation is a life style choice.

When the President supported a nationwide ban on “Conversion Therapy”, he mentioned the idea of state solutions.

So where does your state stand on this issue?

Only two states (New Jersey and California) along with DC have banned “conversion therapy.”

Just hours before the White House announced its support for a nationwide ban on “conversion therapy”, Colorado’s Senate voted along party lines to kill a bill that would have banned this harmful “treatment” in the state.

The Bill’s sponsor, Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, vowed to reintroduce the bill at a later date.

Hawaii’s version died in Committee last year. At the time, State Senator Suzanne Chun said she had trouble even finding enough sponsors for a bill that obliterates the faux Christian right’s destructive fiction that being LGBT is a disease and can be cured with a little brainwashing.

In 2014, Maryland’s sponsor of a bill to ban “conversion therapy” withdrew his bill.  In a joint statement with Equality Maryland, Baltimore county delegate John Cardin said,

Minors or anyone advocating on their behalf can file a complaint with a board, triggering a vigorous investigation,” “If the investigation uncovers proof that a licensed health care professional violated the standard of care, then the board has an array of regulatory tools to keep this from happening again.

Virginia’s version of a ban on “conversion therapy” died in January – just 6 weeks after it was introduced. This came after a group of “conversion therapy” activists erected a deceptive bill board on 1-95.  The bill board depicted male twins, one was straight and the other is gay.  The message behind the bill board was the existence of identical twins with different sexual orientations proves that people aren’t born gay. In fact, the model featured on the bill board is Kyle Roux, who is gay and is not a twin.

There are 15 states currently considering passage of law to ban this discredited “therapy.”

This year Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Vermont introduced bills to ban “conversion therapy”

After a similar bill failed in Illinois‘ House by a vote of 44-51 in 2014, a similar bill was introduced earlier this year.  It was approved in committee and will be voted on in the House later this spring.

Iowa’s first openly gay legislator, Senator Matt McCoy, introduced a bill banning conversion therapy for minors in January. The bill passed in committee, solely supported by Democratic members.  Every Republican voted against it. The Des Moines Register predicts the measure will fail.  Opponents of “conversion therapy” will keep lobbying and hope to win approval for a ban in 2016.

In Nevada, an Assembly committee reviewed a bill to ban conversion therapy on minor children and would allow minors who were subjected to it to sue.  However, the committee has not acted, either way, on the bill.

Last summer, New York’s Assembly passed a law banning conversion therapy on minors by a vote of 86 to 28.  Republican Senate Leaders refused  to put the bill to a vote before the legislative session ended.  According to (source) the bill had the votes to pass, which explains why Republican Senate Leaders didn’t want to put it up for a vote. Because that would mean actually listening to and respecting the will of the people.

In March, Oregon’s House of Representatives voted to outlaw conversion therapy by a wide margin of 41-18.  Now the State’s Senate is considering the bill.

After several failed attempts to ban conversion therapy in Rhode Island, it is likely that the latest attempt will have similar results.  Last Month, The state’s Senate Committee of Health and Human Services decided a measure to protect children from the dangers of Conversion therapy should be “held for further study.”

Believe it or not, a bill opposing conversion therapy was introduced in Texas’ legislature. This took LGBT advocates by surprise since last summer the Texas Republican Party decided to recognize “the legitimacy and efficacy of “conversion therapy” or as it is also known, “reparative therapy” and “treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

On the flip side, Oklahoma lawmakers tried pushed a bill to allow conversion therapy.

In February the bill won support in a House Committee. Fortunately, the bill died on the House floor in March.

Proponents of brainwashing the gay away argue a ban would deny parents the “right” to choose “appropriate” treatments for their children. Sure, if you overlook details like the documented proof that “conversion therapy” is bunk and is harmful the fact of the matter is “conversion therapy” is not in the best interests of the child.  It is the child who matters here.

In Parnam v. J.R.,  the Supreme Court recognized that states can limit parents’ rights when their children’s physical or mental well-being is in danger.  ”conversion therapy” is brainwashing and in some cases, uses methods that I would argue are forms of torture.  Some of the “treatments” include: electroshock,  having ice coils or heat coils bound to the child’s hands.

The fact of the matter is you cannot pray or brainwash the gay away because sexual orientation is not a choice.  Even if a parent chooses to reject facts, based on their “strongly held” religious beliefs, they shouldn’t be allowed to force their child down a road debunked “therapy” that has and will continue to cause psychological harm to the child.

Image is screen grabbed at Liberal America

6 Replies to “Where The States Stand On “Therapy” that Amounts to Brainwashing the Gay Away”

  1. This kind of reminds me of the anti-vacers. Even when the theory, or bogus articles are debunked, they won’t let up. If parents do this to their children, they should be charged with abuse. The people who provide the service should be required to submit themselves the same treatment in reverse.

  2. Too bad there isn’t a conversion therapy that allows Republicans to be converted into a human again.

  3. Gay is a CHOICE. What’s the name of this so-called gene that dictates your gay? I thought so, there isn’t one. Science can’t come up with one because there isn’t any and any that does is PAID to say there is one.

  4. Janis – please enlighten us on how old you were when you made the choice to be straight. Because I can remember when I realized I was gay. I had no choice. And certainly would never have made that choice as a young person in the South in the 1960s.

  5. It is fairly easy, over a few hour long interviews

    with the parent and the child, to determine whether

    its the child that wants to change or the adults,

    and in most cases its probably the parents. The

    child should NOT recieve reparative therapy for

    homosexuality, GID or pedophilia. The parents

    should have therapy to accept if the child develops

    homosexuality or GID. Most teens grow out of

    pedophilia, and hebephilia is natural since its

    kids their own age.

    As an exgay myself, who was involved for 7 years,

    and I’m now happily married with two kids. Those

    years were loveless and dark, not knowing the love

    and nurturing of a women.

    If a fully grown man walks into the clinic, and

    asks for reparitive therapy, for attractions to

    ANYTHING other than an adult human female. He

    should be legally allowed to recieve it. Making it

    illegal is cruel.

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