Following California Passage, More States Look at Ban on ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy for Minors

Following passage of a law banning harmful "ex-gay" therapy for minors in California, more states are looking to enact similar laws, the AP reports:

ExgayTwo New Jersey lawmakers already are drafting similar legislation, while groups that helped get the California law passed are sharing research, witnesses and talking points with counterparts in other gay-friendly states, said Geoff Kors, senior legislative and policy strategist for the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights.

"There are lots of folks today who are looking at this, now that the governor has signed it," Kors said. "We'll be reaching out to all the state (gay rights) groups, especially in states that have had success passing LGBT rights legislation."

As I noted yesterday, conservative lawyers The Liberty Counsel, on behalf of "ex-gay" group NARTH are challenging the law in court.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq released this statement today:

“This lawsuit is a desperate, last ditch effort to defend the indefensible. The plain fact is that every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these practices are ineffective and dangerous. The state has a clear duty to protect minors from harm, and that is exactly what this law does. NCLR is committed to doing all we can to defend this law while, at the same time, we work to pass similar laws in other states. We will not rest until this "quackery," as Governor Brown has called this practice, is illegal throughout our nation.”

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  1. says

    It’s funny, though, the utterly-hypocritical religious angle to any and all ex-gay “treatments”

    it all comes down to how those gay people are made to feel about being gay by their families and religious communities.
    thus, it’s that nonsense “biblical” thing.

    but the bible also has that thing called the Ten Commandments, and the lies of the ex-gays are a direct disobeying of the 9th one.

    trade one sin for another? good luck with that.

    but hey, we can’t hope for logic and reason in the minds of those whose beliefs hinge on ignoring both.

    the only thing that makes people “not want” to be gay are anti-gay people.

  2. Randy says

    Can’t wait to hear the cross-examination of these snake oil peddlers in the lawsuit. These people don’t know when to stop — they sued many years ago to have evolution taught in the schools, and a republican judge exposed their lies for everyone to see, and that ended that.

    Same thing will happen here. They will through every lie out there, but it will be so easy to refute it. Wayne Besen should be a lead witness and Alan Chambers, who also realizes the this crap doens’t work.

    I would also bring in Alan Rekers as a hostile witness. He was on the board of Narth for many years, claiming that you could change any boy back to heterosexuality. Until, of course, he was caught with a male companion.

    Expose these freaks for what they are — deeply closeted men who have laughable techniques that are more about getting in to the pants of their clients and easy money than anything else.

  3. Michael says

    Yes, yes and yes!!! Please walk into a court of law and try to discuss, under oath, ex-gay therapy.

    This would be far, far more entertaining than the Prop 8 trail.

  4. says

    now, now, Rekers’ companion was simply a kindly young fellow that he hired to carry his luggage on holiday.

    because whenever heterosexual men need help with luggage, or moving apartments, they use

    seriously, though: when are these closeted fools going to realize that the biggest tip-off that you’re actually gay is running around pointing demonic-fingers at other gay people?

  5. Homo Genius says

    for me the larger issue is most “therapy” is a scam anyway. I rank it with phone psychics, astrolgy and tarot readings

  6. jason says

    While all this is well and good, note the total silence of Obama on this issue. After getting us to believe that he had evolved on gay marriage – for the purpose of increasing donations to the Democrats – what has he actually done for us?

    Obama is the President who evolves in response to money.

  7. ChristopherM says

    Lets see, ending DADT, coming out in support of marriage equality likely tipping the balance of the vote in one state, protecting us from our partners being discriminated against in hospitals, extending some federal benefits to federal employees as allowed under the law, no longer defending DOMA. But hey, he didn’t do everything Jason wants, so he’s going to venture out from his mental institution and vote for Romney!

  8. MateoM says

    While all this is well and good, note the total ridiculousness of the Jason/Rick/Ratbastard aliases. They’re pathetic.

  9. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Randy: “that ended that.”

    I wish it were so simple. The Religious Right are *still* opposing teaching evolution and critical thinking in schools.

    There is little point arguing with them about anything (especially LGBT issues) because they have their own “evidence” which can never be contradicted by (real) evidence.