Skeptic News: Gay Rights Group Moves To Defend California's 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban

From: On Top Magazine

A gay rights group seeks to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging California’s law which bans ‘ex-gay’ therapy to minors.

The first-in-the-nation law outlaws therapies that attempt to alter a minor’s sexual orientation from gay to straight.

Two groups opposed to gay rights, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and Liberty Counsel, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law and asking that the court block it from going into effect on January 1.

NARTH officials had testified against the measure and called on Governor Jerry Brown to veto the bill.

On its website, the group claimed that passage of the bill would “likely increase harms to minors through its unintended consequences.” Parents, the group explained, would be forced to seek out therapy for their children from “unlicensed, unregulated and unaccountable religious counselors.”

“The vast majority of anecdotal accounts of harm to children from SOCE [Sexual Orientation Change Efforts] seem attributable to these types of counselors and to religiously oriented programs.”

On Friday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed court papers seeking to intervene in the suit on behalf of Equality California (EQCA), a co-sponsor of the law.

The 21st Floor finds this supposed “gay therapy” to be dangerous and harmful to vulnerable young people. We believe that a more productive therapy would be to target those who cannot accept homosexuality and attempt to stigmatise and discriminate against it.

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