A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse. Finally.
Supporters say the legislation, which passed its final Senate committee Tuesday, is necessary because such treatments are ineffective and harmful.
“This therapy can be dangerous,” said the bill’s author Sen. Ted Lieu. The Torrance Democrat added the treatments can “cause extreme depression and guilt” that sometimes leads to suicide.
Naturally, Conservative religious groups, who despise gays to begin with, emphatically reject that view of sexual orientation therapy and say the ban would interfere with parents’ rights to seek appropriate psychological care for their children. They’re into torture.
State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance urged lawmakers to approve his bill to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight during a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The bill, SB1172 which would prohibit so-called reparative therapy for minors and obligate adults to sign a release form stating that the counseling is ineffective and possibly dangerous, was passed by the Senate Judiciary committee 3-1