CA Assembly Passes Ban on Ex-Gay Therapy on Minors


The California Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban so-called “ex-gay” or gay cure therapy from being practiced on under 18s.

Reports On Top Magazine:

The measure (Senate Bill 1172), sponsored by Senator Ted W. Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, cleared the chamber with a 52 to 21 vote. The Senate approved the bill in May, but amendments added in the Assembly means it must first return to the Senate for a concurrence vote before heading to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has not said whether he’ll sign the bill into law.

The legislation as introduced in the Senate would have banned most forms of reparative therapy but was later amended to focus on minors. Still, ex-gay groups such as PFOX and NARTH have vociferously protested the ban as being against parent rights.

Reports The Desert Sun:

Opponents of the bill called it a human-rights infringement on Tuesday.

“We believe that there is a cause and effect. This is not something that is naturally inborn,” said David Pickup, an Los Angeles marriage and family therapist associated with NARTH, an organization that promotes changing a homosexual orientation through research.

Openly gay Assemblymember and Speaker of the California State Assembly John Perez called  ex-gay therapy “dehumanizing” and added, “This, in my opinion, is an abusive practice in the guise of therapy… [The legislation] helps protect children from activities, as well meaning as they may be, that subject them to incredible challenges to their humanity and put their lives at risk.”

Perez also rallied against the idea that the legislature should not be involving itself with deciding on reparative therapy, saying that a concern over child welfare was reason enough for lawmakers to use their oversight. He also said such action was particularly necessary in order to protect at-risk LGBT youth.

You can watch Perez’s testimony below.

Some Republicans rallied against the legislation, with Republican Shannon Grove (32nd Assembly District) seeming to say that it was a parent’s right to send her child to such therapy: “That’s why parents have children – to hand down their legacies, their belief systems, the way they want their children raised.”

After the legislation is reconciled with the senate version of the bill it will be up for Governor Jerry Brown to decide whether to sign the bill into law or veto.

If Brown were to sign the legislation, it would make California the first state in the USA to take an active stance against so-called change efforts.

Medical authorities such as the APA and the World Health Organization, who regard homosexuality as being a healthy expression of human sexuality, have long agreed that sexual orientation change efforts are not to be supported, that their effectiveness is unproven and that the potential harms of reparative therapy are enough to make all such efforts contrary to mainstream medical practice.


Related Reading:

Ex-Mormon Felt Suicidal Over Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO

Rachel Maddow Takes on Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)

Bachmann Clinic Again Caught Using Gay Cure Therapy

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rene davis
irene davis5 years ago

Thank you!

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

It is harder being an American homosexual than it is being an American Christian. Maybe on a par with or worse than a Christian in China or Saudi Arabia.

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Parents dream of grandchildren, they are the problem not their kids.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

This practice should be banned, period.

James W, an abuse victim needs real therapy. Who they are attracted to is something innate, not something that came from abuse. I as a woman, have been told by many other women, stories of abuse by men and guess what? Some were hetereosexual, others lesbians and others bisexual. Sexual abuse is a sad and shameful part of society, but it does not turn people gay as you are implying. I know gay men who were never sexually abused and I know heterosexual men who were. You logic is flawed. People are gay because they are born gay and being human, they are also at risk for sexual abuse.

Morgan, that's because gay people know they can't wake and decide to be heterosexual, if we could, we would make the decision because we are a group that is discriminated against and hated.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

thank god.

James Wilcox
James Wilcox5 years ago

Brenda, many on this thread seem to fear the reality that child sexual abuse effects a persons gender identity. Could be lack of understanding.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

Heterosexuals have a fear of it, probably because they don't undestand it.

James E.
Past Member 5 years ago

Why is homosexuality considered a mental illness when it most certainly NOT!?

Paulina S.
Past Member 5 years ago