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Gordon Klingenschmitt Concerned Bans On 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Increase Demonic Possession: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has voiced his concern that gay people will no longer be able to rid themselves of demons if “ex-gay” conversion therapy is banned, reports Right Wing Watch.

Speaking on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program, demon-obsessed Klingenschmitt explained that judges are “cooperating with the demonic spirit inside of the homosexual addict and those judges are now reinforcing the sin and saying you cannot be delivered, you cannot cured, you cannot be healed".

In February, Klingenschmitt said the bakery owners in Oregon who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are “a blessing” to gay people because they refuse “to participate in their acts of sodomy”.

Yesterday, it was reported that a bipartisan Illinois House majority approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy. A federal bill banning the discredited practice has also been introduced

Listen to Klingenschmitt’s latests ramblings, AFTER THE JUMP

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Bisexual Oregon Governor Kate Brown Bans 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy

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It is now illegal for Oregon’s state-licensed mental health professionals to provide “corrective therapies” meant to “cure” people of their same sex attractions. House Bill 2307, the new law banning the widely discredited practice conversion therapy, was swiftly passed through the Oregon House in March and the Senate in early May with a vote of 21-3.

Oregon governor Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual, signed House Bill 2307 into law earlier this week, creating protections for the state’s queer youth. Going forward, “therapists” working with active medical licenses issued from within the state will be barred from subjecting teenagers younger than 18 to ex-gay treatments. Brown’s passing the bill makes Oregon the third state in the country to outlaw conversion therapy, joining California and New Jersey, in addition to the District of Columbia.

"Conversion therapy at its core, I believe, is an act of violence," said Democratic Oregon state senator Sara Gelser. "Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a mental disorder, and it is not something that should be cured."

The specific language of HB 2307 provides people with protection from a wide variety of different forms of conversion therapy including attempts to challenge a transgender person’s self-asserted identity and attempts to “change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.”

“We are very pleased that Oregon has banned the use of conversion therapy on minors and thank Gov. Brown and the Oregon Legislature for taking this important step,” said GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard. “We hope Oregon will prove to be just the first of many states to ban this harmful and discredited practice that uses rejection, shame and psychological abuse aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”


Illinois House Votes To Block 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy For Minors: VIDEO

A bipartisan Illinois House majority yesterday approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy, reports Equality Illinois.

Illinois_House_of_RepresentativesThe bill - which was passed 68-43, with support from 61 Democrats and seven Republicans - prohibits licensed mental health care providers from engaging in “reparative therapy” with anyone under the age of 18.

Equality Illinois (EI) has now called on the state Senate to approve the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act before the scheduled May 31 adjournment of the General Assembly.

EI CEO Bernard Cherkasov said:

"Ending conversion therapy is our top priority in the legislature right now. Trying to change the unchangeable, our innate sexual orientation and gender identity, should not be attempted because it risks the health of LGBT youth.”

However, although every major Illinois mental health organization supports the bill - including the Illinois Psychological Association, Illinois Psychiatric Society, American Psychoanalytic Association, Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - the legislation does not apply to religious leaders and would not impact the ability of clergy to practice their religion.

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu introduced a federal bill that would explicitly prohibit therapy to change people's gender identity.

Watch law student Scott Blair pick apart a counselor's attempt to cure him of his homosexuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

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U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu Introduces Federal Bill That Would Ban Ex-Gay Reparative Therapy

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LGBT conversion therapy would be considered fraud and outlawed in all 50 states through the Federal Trade Commission under a proposal introduced by a California Democrat on Tuesday. 

As a member of the California Legislature, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu authored the Golden State's ban on conversion therapy to change people's sexual orientation. However, his federal "Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act" would go further than the California law, applying to people of all ages and not just those under 18. The proposal would also explicitly prohibit therapy to change people's gender identity, an idea that has gained momentum in the wake of the death of Leelah Alcorn.  

BuzzFeed News reports: 

“The public views conversion therapy as quackery, as something that harms people,” Lieu told BuzzFeed News on Monday afternoon, just after landing back in D.C. from California. “Eventually, I believe Congress will catch up to that, but you do need to start somewhere, so that’s why we’re introducing this legislation.”

He faces an uphill battle: The legislation, which would label conversion therapy an “unfair or deceptive act or practice” that would be illegal under the Federal Trade Commission Act, is being introduced with less than three dozen co-sponsors — all of whom are Democrats.

Lieu does, however, have a powerful ally in his effort. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has signed on as an original co-sponsor of the bill.

California, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, D.C. are the only jurisdictions that have passed laws banning conversion therapy, but only for minors. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama came out in support of banning the discredited practice. 

David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, said the following of Lieu's bill: 

“This vitally important legislation has the potential to save countless lives across this country by helping to end a practice that uses fear and shame to tell LGBT people the only way to find love or acceptance is to change the very nature of who they are. We’re proud to work alongside Congressman Lieu and our partners to send a different message - a message of hope, acceptance, and love where such a demeaning and destructive practice isn’t promoted as useful therapy. Ending this harmful profit-making practice is something that all of Congress should be able to rally behind.”


Bill Banning 'Ex-gay' Conversion Therapy for Minors Heads to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's Desk for Signature

Oregon is on its way to become the fourth jurisdiction to ban 'ex-gay' conversion therapy for minors following a State Senate vote today in favor of a bill banning the practice.

BrownThe bill was overwhelmingly approved by the State House back in March and now heads to the desk of openly bisexual Governor Kate Brown (right), who is expected to sign it into law.

Said NCLR #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator and Staff Attorney Samantha Ames:

"This lifesaving law will protect the health and well-being of LGBT youth in Oregon and ensure that licensed mental health professionals cannot abuse their position of trust to do lifelong harm to children and tear families apart. We applaud Basic Rights Oregon and bill champions Rep. Rob Nosse and Sen. Sara Gesler for their unshakeable leadership in guiding this bill through the legislative process, as well as the courageous survivors who testified on its behalf."

California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have all banned the practice. 


SCOTUS Rejects Liberty Counsel's Appeal Challenging NJ Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy for Minors

The Supreme Court has turned down the hideously anti-gay Liberty Counsel's challenge to New Jersey's ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors, the Washington Blade reports.

StaverThe U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals had previously upheld the constitutionality of the statute, prompting a petition before the Supreme Court.

Said Third Circuit Judge Dolores Sloviter following that earlier ruling: "The listener's right to receive information is reciprocal to the speaker's right to speak. The fundamental rights of parents do not include the right to choose a specific type of provider for a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful."

The Blade notes the high court also declined to take up a lawsuit seeking gender reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate. 

 


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