CALIFORNIA: State Senate Bans “Ex-Gay” Therapy For Children Under 18

The California Senate has voted to ban “ex-gay” therapy for children under the age of 18. The bill has been ferociously opposed by the usual hate groups. Equality California sends this press release:

If approved by the Assembly and signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 1172, authored by Senator Ted Lieu and co-sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Mental Health America of Northern California, Gaylesta, and Lambda Legal, would make California the first state in the nation to ban licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts of any kind for a minor patient, regardless of a parent’s willingness or desire to authorize participation in such programs. “Being lesbian or gay or bisexual is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder,” Senator Lieu said. “The medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition.”

Earlier today “ex-gay” crackpots NARTH sent out an urgent alert demanding that its followers call California’s senators to demand they block the bill. Because the proper way NARTH likes to handle gay youth is to hire them as prostitutes for “daily erotic massage to release.”