State of Washington Planned Anti-Sexual-Orientation Change Legislation

I left the following comments over on this article: "Legislation would crack down on 'gay conversion therapy'":

State rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds claims, "Studies have shown that these practices have no basis in science or medicine...." What studies? I've followed this issue closely and have seen no such studies. In fact, reparative therapist bemoan the absents of studies. They complain that the APA's (American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association) have refused the reparative therapists' requests that joint, unbiased studies actually finally be conducted.

The studies to which Liias may be referring are studies that have been fraught with methodological problems. The same criticism has been leveled at the studies cited by NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) in support of SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts). Contrary to the APA's though, NARTH has been honest about the methodological weaknesses of older research. That's one of the reasons NARTH has formally called for more researched, research not grounded in political ideology and political correctness but rather pure social/behavioral science.

Anyway, the main problem with California's SB 1172 is the fact that children, especially boys, who are heterosexual and are homosexually molested, even raped, sometimes repeatedly, are often physically and mentally conditioned into same-sex attraction/arousal. The statistical significance is there. It is causal. SB 1172 seeks to make it against the law for those children to obtain the help of state-licensed mental-health practitioners to reverse that conditioning. SB 1172 is one sided, designed only to "protect" homosexuality, not children in general.

Think about the harm done leaving such children without the help they want and need. Think about how evil it is to tell those children that even though they were heterosexual before the abuse, they have no alternative but to embrace homosexuality foisted upon them. Think about the potential for self-harm, even suicide. Don't forget the high rates of STD's (including HIV/AIDS) associated with homosex as well.

There is a whole host of problems associated with homosex that the homosexual activists seek to keep covered up, seek to censor, seek to even make illegal to discuss as some sort of "hate speech" or the like.

Molestation is also not the only vector for homosexuality to enter into a child's psyche and take over.

Lastly, authentic reparative therapist have successfully treated thousands and thousands of clients. Change is not only possible, it happens all the time. If it has been so damaging, why have so many patients left so satisfied? Where were all of the formal complaints before this wave of seeking legislation to ban RT and other forms of SOCE? In addition, almost all psychological treatment can increase anxiety. It's common knowledge. It would be patently wrong to outlaw successful therapy based upon that some people left treatment prematurely or were subjected to forms of SOCE that are not advocated by NARTH for instance.

Don't let the homosexual activists get away with falsely claiming that the NARTH Practice Guidelines, for one, allow physical or mental punishment or any coercion or non-consensual aversion therapies, such as drugs to make one vomit, etc. The homosexual activists seek to lump everyone in SOCE together (licensed and unlicensed) as if everyone is practicing identically.

Check it out and do full reporting on this issue. Visit the NARTH website and read extensively. Contact them to do interviews with you. Don't be afraid. Don't allow yourselves to be bullied by loud, coarse, name-calling homosexual activists who seek to intimidate, drown out, wear down, change the subject, ignore science while claiming the other side is anti-science, etc.

Thank you for allowing me to post this comment. Many places on the Internet won't allow it.

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