California Bill Would Ban ‘Pray Away The Gay’

Update: Box Turtle Bulletin points out that this would only restrict the activities of those regulated by the state of California, it does not restrictpastors, ministers and lay counselors.

Authority does not extend to the religious sphere. Nor can it under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

But the bill does:

Pose a problem for any licensed professionals who work in those ministries.



California is considering banning so-called ‘Pray Away The Gay’ therapy for LGBT teens and slapping a warning label on it for adults.

A bill written by California State Senator Ted Lieu and sponsored by the LGBT rights group Equality California would force psychotherapists to tell patients about the mental and physical harms of undertaking any so-called ‘gay therapies.’ Therapists would also need the consent of a patient before moving forward with their dangerous work.

It would halt all ‘pray away the gay’ treatment of minors, regardless of the wishes of his or her parents. Those over 18 years old would have to sign off on treatment warning that such therapy is regarded as ineffective by experts. That warning would read:

Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.

Medical and mental health associations that oppose the use of sexual orientation change efforts include the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

NARTH (National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) has admitted in an alert email about the California bill that their work’s intention is to simply reinforce religious bias against homosexuality.

Equality California president Clarissa Filgioun said:

For decades, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people—particularly youth—have suffered psychological abuse by those who are entrusted to care for their emotional and psychological well-being. It’s long past time to do everything in our power to put an end to the use of therapy tactics that have no sound scientific basis and that cause lifelong damage.

Last week, Care2′s Steve Williams reported on how the supposed ‘science’ underpinning so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapy is being withdrawn by those who originally proposed it.

If you support the bill, please sign this petition.

Related stories:

Rachel Maddow Takes on Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)

Gay Cure Therapy is ‘Quackery Fueled by Bias’

Malaysia Sends Teens on Masculinity Course

Clockwork Orange screengrab by Gustavo Medde


Aimee A.
Aimee A5 years ago

Thanks for posting!

sheila h.
sheila haigh5 years ago

Some of the comments on here are excrutiatingly laughable.

Mark O thinks smoking contributes to homosexuality. Really? Never heard that one before - its LOL funny, that one. Hahaha!!!

Well, let me tell you Mark - I've been smoking for going on 60 years, and much as I love my female friends dearly, I've never yet felt like getting jiggy with any of them. NOT ONE. EVER.

Perhaps I was smoking the wrong brand.

Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

"but it is nearly impossible to find any secular opposition on this topic." Could that be because the argument that gays and lesbians are the most disease ridden, criminal, sucidal and alcoholic people is RELIGIOUS OPINION and not scienfic fact? i.e. it's based on what the bible says and written by someone who wants to discredit "homosexuality" instead of actual evidence from real living people??

Mark Oller
Mark Oller5 years ago

Higher smoking rates among homosexuals have some effect on life expectancy.

Smoking Rates Higher Among Gay Men & Lesbians

CHAPEL HILL, NC— Men and women who are gay or lesbian are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to smoke, according to findings from a review study carried out by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The findings, published in the August issue of the journal, Tobacco Control, show that as many as 37 percent of homosexual women and 33 percent of homosexual men smoke. That compares to national smoking rates of 18 percent for women and 24 percent for men in the 2006 National Health Interview Survey.

It is also likely that smoking contributes to homosexuality. Smoking is as harmful to the brain as the lungs and heart, and it leads to alcohol and illegal drug abuse, suicide and criminal and psychopathic behavior. See "Tobacco-Induced Brain Damage 1603-2008."

The truth about smoking and brain damage is still being suppressed.

Mark Oller
Mark Oller5 years ago

The Grantdale article is difficult to criticize, probably because it is intended to confuse, but it definitely exaggerates the portion of homosexuals in the US and Canada. I quote:

the 2-3% of men who will be open open about their current homosexual behaviour in a survey, or
the larger group (4-6%) of men who will be open about having had a same-sex relationship during the past 5 to 10 years, or
the still larger again group of men that will -- at some time in their life -- do so at least once?

See The Statisitics on Homosexuality and its Effects

The religious comments at the end are regrettable, but it is nearly impossible to find any secular opposition on this topic. That proves nothing except the totalitarianism of the 'gay-lib' movement.

Maitreya L5 years ago

Mark O. I googled "homosexual life expectancy" and quickly discovered your claim that gay life expectancy is in the 40's has be debunked. Nice try though.

Mark Oller
Mark Oller5 years ago

AJ A. wrote: "This is not a mere "disagreement;" it is the rejection of an absolute lie -- one that has brought unimaginable misery to countless thousands, and led to many deaths."

The more absurd an idea is, the less need there is to suppress it. You need to consider the possibility that your own view costs lives. Homosexuals have enough disease for a germ warfare laboratory. Their life expectancy is in the forties, alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide is rampant, and they have more sexual problems than John Wayne Gacy. Don't just believe what you are told incessantly, do some research on the Internet. Google homosexual and some combination of diseases, crime rate, suicide, alcoholism, identical twin studies, etc.

Johnice R.
Johnice R5 years ago

I just so pleased to see that the Mormon church did NOT send money this time to defeat this bill as they did with the bill on marriage. They must be over stretched with supporting Mittens (M.Romney)!

patricia m lasek
patricia l5 years ago

Alright! They're banning "snake-oil" salesmen!