Support State Of Oklahoma, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, ...Move to Amend HB1598:

We support this proposed amendment:

"Aversion therapy" means any counseling by a mental health provider that exposes or asks a client or patient to undergo physical pain, such as electroshock or electroconvulsive therapy, in order to change sexual behaviors or gender-identity expressions and/or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.
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A. No state government or any political subdivision thereof or any agency of the government or political subdivision thereof shall prohibit or restrict any mental health provider from providing counseling or any patient or client from receiving counseling intended to aid patients or clients in their self-determined objectives of reducing, eliminating, resolving, or addressing unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, identity, or sexual and/or gender-identity expressions.

B. No state government or any political subdivision thereof or any agency of the government or political subdivision thereof shall restrict the rights of parents or legal guardians from obtaining counseling, including sexual orientation change efforts, for patients or clients who are their children and experience unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, identity, or sexual and/or gender-identity expressions.

C. No part of the Parental and Family Rights in Counseling Protection Act may be used as justification by parents, legal guardians, or mental health counselors to subject clients or patients to aversion therapy for the purpose of changing sexual behaviors or gender-identity expressions and/or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

Source: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20COMMITTEE%20AMENDMENTS/House/HB1598%20FULLPCS1%20SALLY%20KERN-AM.PDF

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"...self-determined objectives..." concerning "...unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, identity, or sexual and/or gender-identity expressions." A child will determine for himself or herself whether he or she doesn't want "same-sex attractions, behaviors, identity, or sexual and/or gender-identity expressions" and will self-determine his or her objectives regarding the same concerning any and all counseling under the law as proposed. There is no room for coercion under this proposed amendment (including in any religious setting).

Of course, parents will retain their full legal rights concerning what is allowed and/or disallowed "under the parents' roof."

Also, nothing in the proposed amendment would prohibit anyone from self-applying aversion therapy as defined. A counselor would be limited to discussing painful aversion therapy without asking (or apparently suggesting) the client or patient to undergo it. There are non-painful forms of aversion therapy. The object of the language of the legislation appears to seek to avoid any notions of, or actual, torture or recommendations of any physical pain for purposes of conditioning/causing negative reactions to unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, identity, or sexual and/or gender-identity expressions.

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