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04/19/2007


Minnesota Bill Banning ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy for Minors Fails to Pass

A bill that would have banned ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors in Minnesota failed to pass the state legislature, The Colu.mn reports:

Alec fisher“The bill is officially dead for this session as it has missed committee deadlines,” Gabe Aderhold told TheColu.mn. Aderhold and fellow University of Minnesota student Alec Fischer [pictured] have been pushing for the bill. Late last year, the two created a petition with more than 114,000 signatures urging lawmakers to ban “ex-gay” therapy with minors. Aderhold and Fischer were successful in getting the bills introduced this session. California and New Jersey have enacted similar laws, and a half dozen other states are considering similar legislation.

“The votes were there in the Senate committee, but Tina Liebling, chair of the Health and Human Service Policy Committee in the House would not hear the bill. She cited lack of time and not wanting to regulate the industry — leave it up to the licensing boards, etc — as her reasoning,” Aderhold told TheColu.mn.

“With further investigation, Alec and I found that dozens of emails were being sent to lawmakers from folks around the country asking lawmakers to kill the bill before committee,” he said. “We do not know what organization or group sent out these emails, but there were many and they had a generic response.”

Marcus Bachmann perhaps?

Aderhold said the next step is to build a broader base of support, raise greater awareness, and reintroduce the bill next year. 


Minnesota Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors: VIDEO

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Minnesota Representative Susan Allen (DFL-Minneapolis) has introduced legislation to ban gay conversion therapy for minors, Patch reports:

“If you look at over the period of the last five years, they’ve sort of changed the way they advertise their services,” Allen told Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey. “It’s not as obvious anymore that some of the Christian, sort of, based mental health services that offer this type of therapy. It’s just sort of given that it’s part of their family therapy. So it is prevalent, and it is a nationwide problem.”

Minnesota’s best known conversion therapy practitioner is Marcus Bachmann, the husband of 6th District Congresswoman Rep. Michele Bachmann. In 2011, Marcus Bachmann acknowledged that therapists in his Christian counseling business will offer conversion therapy to those who want it—although he said the practice, which was renamed Counseling Care in December, is not focused on converting gays to heterosexuality.

Said Allen: “It’s a practice that’s been discredited. There’s 40 years of research.”

Watch Allen talk about it on Capitol Report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Similar bills have been introduced in New York and Maryland, and passed in New Jersey and California.

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Michele and Marcus Bachmann Discuss Her Decision to Quit: VIDEO

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Michele and Marcus Bachmann have returned in a new video to talk about Bachmann's retirement and what she plans to do in her spare time — continue to try to repeal Obamacare and help Marchs with his one man stage show.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Is Josh Weed A Reparative Therapist, Or What?

Joshsite-200x300Last weekend I wrote about Josh Weed, the relationship therapist, Mormon, and father of two who came out on his blog as 1) a gay man who is 2) happily married to a woman. There has since been a lot of chatter about Weed in the gay blogosphere, mostly centered around the man's profession. Is Josh Weed, apparent nice guy, a "reparative therapist"? 

Weed works with a group called LifeSTAR Washington, which deals primarily with issues of sex addiction. In his professional bio, Weed writes:

As a therapist, Josh works with many people struggling with difficult life issues, but focuses his efforts mainly on adolescent and adult sexual addiction issues, with an emphasis on youth treatment. His work is dedicated to helping people combat patterns and beliefs that cause feelings of shame, hopelessness and despair. Josh also works helping those with sexual identity issues and unwanted sexual attractions and/or behaviors. Before transitioning to private practice, his clinical work revolved around his role at Kent Youth and Family Services, where he still performs Drug and Alcohol assessments. Josh particularly enjoys working with youth; helping them feel hope as they face many life challenges.

... which sounds a lot like it could have to do with the un-gaying of young people. But on Friday, Weed told Gay.com that he's most definitely not a reparative therapist:

Over the phone Weed said, "I don't believe that a gay person can or even should change their sexual attraction." Then Weed responded via e-mail with this:

I do not practice, nor do I believe in, reparative therapy or change therapy. Quite the opposite, my therapeutic stance is one that favors (but does not depend on) the idea that sexual orientation is immutable.

My therapeutic approach is to meet clients where they are--wherever that might be--and then help them to analyze the goals and aspirations that they have for their own life.

Given my background, I feel especially adept at helping clients who feel that their attractions are "unwanted" because of cultural or religious contexts. I work with them to help them accept their sexual orientation for what it is, so that they can move forward into the decision making part of their life.

I help them get to the point where the question becomes something like, "This part of me is real, and I am totally okay. Now what?" I then help them as they navigate the difficult waters of decision.

My clients make extremely varied choices for their lives and futures. My role is to help them do so in a way that is authentic and true to what they want for themselves, and not to appease outside sources of pressure (like family, church or culture at large).

... all of which strikes this reader as a little fluffy. It seems to suggest that if a guy comes in to Weed's practice and says he's happily partnered up in a gay relationship but has trouble with compulsive infidelity, then Weed accepts the gayness and tries to help with the cheating. But if somebody comes in and says he's gay and wants to live heterosexually, Weed tries to help with that, too.
Does that count as "reparative therapy"? If not, does Marcus Bachmann count as a reparative therapist

Jeff Wright Explains What God Wanted From The Bachmann Campaign

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At a "Gathering of The Eagles" this week in Maryland, Jeff Wright of the National Prayer Embassy cleared up why, exactly, God chose to inspire Michele Bachmann's doomed run for the presidency: Apparently, the creator of the universe wished to draw attention to the "ex-gay" ministry of Michele's husband, Marcus.

Laughable as that is, there's something almost sweet about Mr. Wright's statement, which is viewable AFTER THE JUMP. Even ten years ago, a guy like Wright would be frothing at the mouth over the homosexual agenda, insisting on the moral depravity and conscious evil of his opponents in the culture war. But history's rolled on, and now the worst he can say about us and our allies is that we're nice people, just a little misguided:

I believe that people, like Jesus said, those that are pushing the homosexual agenda think they are doing the work of God, and I believe that the people who are promoting the homosexual agenda believe they are doing what God wants them to do, to be nice to homosexuals and to help them in their pain. It’s the best they know. They have no revelation that God can change people by His power.

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Marcus Bachmann Shopped for 'Doggy Sunglasses' While Michele Campaigned: VIDEO

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Last night in Des Moines, Michele Bachmann revealed that she's not the only one in the family touched by first-husband hopeful Marcus Bachmann's talents as a personal stylist. Last night she also announced that she's not a politician.

Watch both videos, AFTER THE JUMP...

Bachmann came in last among those Republicans who campaigned in Iowa.

(via buzzfeed)

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