Loading
Calif. gay therapy ban imposes 'state orthodoxy,' foes charge
The Pacific Justice Institute logo. CNA file photo.
The Pacific Justice Institute logo. CNA file photo.

.- A legal group is seeking a federal injunction against a California ban on “reparative therapy” for minors with homosexual attractions or behaviors, saying the law restricts the rights of families to find treatment for their children and threatens religious freedom.
 
Brad Dacus, president of the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute, said that the advocacy for the bill “relied heavily on sound bites and buzzwords.”

“Our legal briefs have unmasked this stealth attack for what it is – an unprecedented attempt to reach even inside the four walls of a church to enforce state orthodoxy on homosexual behavior,” he said Oct. 31.

“We are looking forward to defending churches – and our children – in court.”

Pacific Justice Institute attorneys sought the legal injunction in a Sacramento federal court against S.B. 1172 in filings last week.

The broadly worded law prohibits any therapy “to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex” among minors.

The law prohibits not only therapies that promote “conversion” to heterosexuality but bars therapy to change behavior and address unwanted attractions, even if the minors and their parents desire the therapy.

Backers of the bill include gay rights activists and mental health groups, who charge that reparative therapy may increase the risk of depression and suicide.

Bill May, president of Catholics for the Common Good, is one of the bill’s critics. He told CNA Nov. 5 that the bill endangers the well-being of youth and could affect counselors in Catholic schools.

“A priest or a nun or a lay Catholic person who is a licensed counselor or therapist could lose their license if they are treating a teenager who has gender confusion or unwanted same-sex attractions,” he said. “They cannot really, in the context of the therapy, witness to the truths of our faith and really treat the whole person.”

He said the bill restricts the rights of young people to be treated for gender confusion or same-sex attraction “even if these things are unwanted.”

“It also violates the rights of parents who love their children and act in the best interests of their children,” he said, pointing to State Sen. Ted Lieu’s comments that purpose of the bill is to prevent parents from harming their children.

“There’s no one who loves children more than parents; certainly not the state of California,” May said.

On October 4the Florida-based Liberty Counsel challenged the law on behalf of several plaintiffs. The plaintiffs include parents and their children who say they are benefiting from such counseling, several licensed counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the 50,000-member American Association for Christian Counselors.

Tags: Homosexuality, Homosexual Advocacy, Therapy


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Synod on the Family October 2014
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Paintings of Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII
Jul
22

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43

Gospel
Date
07/20/14
07/19/14
07/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42

Homily
Date
07/21/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: