Let's just throw away the children who are homosexually abused, even raped, and then end up with same-sex attraction where none existed before. Let's also just throw out Freedom of Religion while we're at it. What's next?
This legislation in CA and NJ is not liberal. It's not progressive. It's fascist. It's ignorant! It is not based on all of the facts. It is hoping that under-informed citizens will just buy the half-truths (at best).
Thousands and thousands of people are helped by Reparative Therapy, Conversion Therapy, SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts). I've personally communicated with quite a few of them, and the list is growing.
Demand a full hearing/airing of all the facts. Don't let them railroad legislation. If banning is the right thing to do, then ask them why they censor the opposition.
Here's the fascistic legislation proposal:
You will note that the planned legislation includes any "person who performs counseling as part of their [sic] professional training." That would include clergy-in-training and others working in the religious field. It could even be construed to include those who have completed such training. That would be unconstitutional, a clear violation of the First Amendment.
It will be interesting to see where the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) will come down on it. They certainly should side with those seeking the freedom to choose such therapy and especially when done so as part of the free exercise of religion.
For truth, see the following: