Group Uses Molestation Myth to Smear Ex-Gay Therapy Ban
The group “SaveCalifornia” has begun a campaign to fight California’s proposed ban on ex-gay therapy for minors by trading on the false notion that homosexuality is a product of molestation.
Noting that SB1172, which the California Senate voted to approve a few months ago, would ban ex-gay therapy being used on minors, SaveCalifornia says in a recent email blast:
What an attack on parental rights and on mental health professionals! And what lack of love for children suffering from gender confusion disorder, who’ve often been molested and become confused as a result. The Democrats pushing this bill on behalf of homosexual activists want to lock children into thinking they are “homosexual,” when these kids’ gender confusion often results from an attack by a sexual perpetrator.
The group is campaigning heavily to have Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly vote down the bill, saying:
To do our best for a gubernatorial veto, there needs to be negative news coverage of SB 1172. To have that, there needs to be a debate on the Assembly floor. To get that, you must call your Republican state assemblymember to demand that he or she “Speak against SB 1172 on the Assembly floor Thursday. This terrible bill prohibits loving parents from getting professional counseling for a sexually exploited son or daughter suffering from gender confusion, often at the hands of a perpetrator.”
Save California is headed by Randy Thomasson, a virulent anti-gay religious conservative. Said Thomason in a press release on the issue:
“How dare these Democrat politicians deny essential care to children who’ve been raped or molested by a perpetrator. How dare the Democrats rob parents of their God-given right to pursue healing for their traumatized child. It is absolutely wrong to withhold emotional, mental, and physical help from a child who has been raped or molested, who, as a result of this physical and emotional exploitation, is confused about his or her sexual identity. Loving parents have the moral obligation to seek and find the best counseling they can to help their abused child embrace the truth that heals and reject the lies that harm. SB 1172 is a disgusting abuse of government that destroys parental rights and damages the very souls of sexually abused children.
“The data show environmental factors shape gender-identity confusion, rather than biological factors, given the absence of a homosexual genome. The professional counseling that an abused child receives is often the key to the child’s recovery and overall mental health. Intolerant of people’s beliefs and unloving to abused children, SB 1172 would lock traumatized boys and girls into a state of sexual exploitation, prohibiting loving parents from acquiring and paying for professional counseling to help heal their hurting child’s heart and mind.”
Except of course this is a gross misreading of scientific fact.
While it is indeed true that the gay gene has never been found, this is not unexpected. There is, after all, no evidence yet of a straight gene either. There have, however, been a number of identified hereditary biological factors that demonstrate homosexuality, like heterosexuality, is likely to be an immutable trait and not a choice.
Also, the so-called research Thomasson is citing as to the link between child molestation and being gay has been widely discredited.
Lastly, the ex-gay therapy ban is a necessary safe-guard that repsonsible Californian lawmakers have attempted to pass. Ex-gay therapy is unwarranted given that homosexuality has been shown to be a healthy expression of human relationships, is dangerous in that it has been evidenced to produce real psychological harm, and unfounded in that its success rate is unproven and demonstrably impotent.
But the SaveCalifornia campaign serves to indicate the lengths that religious right activists are willing to go to in order to fight pro-LGBT legislation that would actually safeguard child welfare.
Introduced by Senator Ted Lieu, SB1172 would limit California’s health professionals from engaging in so-called sexual orientation change efforts, sometimes known as conversion or reparative therapy, with minors.
The legislation, the first of its kind in the US, passed 23 votes to 13 in the state Senate last month. It is believed the General Assembly has enough votes to pass the legislation and that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign, but voicing your support will be vital in ensuring the bill becomes law.