Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins:
Imagine being stuck in a cycle of depression or an unhealthy relationship and not being able to get help. Well, people in 13 states don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a string of bad laws, something as simple as sitting down and talking to a counselor of your choice about your struggles with sexuality isn’t allowed. And if the far-Left had its way, Maine would have been the latest to join the club. Fortunately, Governor Paul LePage (R) had other plans.
The state motto of Maine is “Dirigo” — Latin for “I guide.” And in a raging debate over Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE), the state’s leader did exactly that. After watching other legislatures fall like dominos in the outrageous push to outlaw talk therapy on gender and sex issues, LePage became the first governor on either side to put his foot down. In a two-page veto announcement, the governor did what no others have had the courage to do: stood up to the activist bullies and their junk “research” about the dangers of routine counseling.
Governor LePage also warns that the bill could be “interpreted as a threat to an individual’s religious liberty. Parents have the right to seek counsel and treatment from professionals who do not oppose the parents’ own religious beliefs…” And, since LD 912’s supporters couldn’t produce any evidence that therapists were practicing the kind of radical “conversion therapy” the Left insists they are, LePage argues that what activists are “really trying to regulate are the private, consultative conversations between a licensed provider and client.”
Like a lot of extremists, they don’t want to admit that change is possible because it undermines the whole linchpin of the LGBT argument: that being gay or transgender isn’t a choice. So, they ratchet up their misinformation machines, insisting that all counseling is torture. But the real torture is telling people who want help they can’t have it.