On "Conversion Therapy," California is about to pass legislation based upon completely outdated information and outright cognitive dissonance

... Brad Dacus, founder of Pacific Justice Institute. Is conversion therapy effective? Dacus: “Countless numbers testified before the state Legislature—ex-gays, ex-lesbians, ex-transgenders—telling their story of how they received counseling, support, and were no longer bound by such feelings.” (See testimony in the June 16 Saturday Series article at wng.org.)

Dacus said they were ignored. He called AB 2943 “legislation that attempts to make it a scientific fact that such transformations are simply impossible and that these people don’t exist”—but since they do, the bill is “ugly and so inhumane.”

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I'm not in full agreement with the article, as I find plenty of legislation put forth under the Democratic banner to be quite good relative to that of the Republicans'. Environmentalism is a strong case in point. I also don't care for the "conservative"/"liberal" spectrum usage in this case about banning all "conversion therapy" even for consenting/seeking adults.

I wholeheartedly agree, however, that sexual orientation and gender identity are fluid things for millions of people and that to deny that fact, once the evidence for it is put forth, is a sign of some degree of mental illness. To deny the existence of people who have changed is some huge mental blockage when such people are right there explaining the changes they experienced. I'll go so far as to say it is sinister, downright evil.

Also, I've known for decades now that the vast, vast, vast majority of so-called "conversion" therapists have not used torture or coercion of any kind in dealing with children or adults concerning sexuality and identity issues.

Lastly, the California law will not survive the US Supreme Court, if it even makes it beyond the district and appellate levels. The First Amendment of the Constitution would have to be amended itself to carve out an exception for the free exercise of religion in matters of personal, individual, sexual orientation and gender identity and also how clergy (though they aren't paid for it in some singled-out service fashion) interact with individuals during religious confession and counseling, etc.

Tom Usher

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Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.