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Oregon House Of Representatives Passes Measure Outlawing Conversion Therapy

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The Oregon House voted on Tuesday to outlaw the dangerous practice of conversion therapy, with several lawmakers arguing the practice is heavily discredited and can cause irreparable emotional and mental damage reports KATU.com. The passage of HB 2307 makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists or psychologists, to practice conversion therapy on children under the age of 18 in the state of Oregon. The bill even received support from Rep. Knute Buehler, a Bend Republican.

Said Buehler:  

"Conversion therapy itself can cause incredible emotional and mental trauma to people, particularly young people in the process of coming to terms with their sexual identities."

The measure passed 41-18 and now heads to the Senate. New Jersey and California recently passed laws banning the dangerous therapy with Federal appeals courts upholding the bans. However, others such as Rep. Duane Stark, a Republican from Grants Pass who voted against the bill, felt there should be an opt-in option for the treatment should youth choose to pursue the treatment on their own volition.

Said Stark: 

"It's a normal, common practice that when people come in they can request from their therapist what sort of therapy they want to receive. I felt like there should be some sort of opt-in option for youth and empower them in that client-centered therapy."

However, the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have both condemned the dangerous therapy, with proponents of the bill saying the therapy leads to anxiety, depression and destructive behaviors in children. 


Gordon Klingenschmitt: Homophobic Bakers are 'Blessing' Gay Couples for Refusing to 'Participate in Sodomy' - VIDEO

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Demon-obsessed homophobe, religious zealot and Colorado House of Representatives embarrassment Gordon Klingenschmitt has 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."

Speaking on his unhinged “Pray In Jesus Name” show, Klingenschmitt started with the conspiracy theories, arguing that the government is out to bankrupt Christian business owners.

He continued that bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein "are being persecuted for righteousness sake" because they “are not going to endorse” a sin that is “harmful to you in the homosexual community.”

Watch via Right Wing Watch as Klingenschmitt prays for your damned soul, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: Kate Brown Sworn in as the Nation's First Openly Bisexual Governor

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The state of Oregon inaugurated the nation's first openly bisexual governor yesterday when former Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in. Gov. Brown replaces former Gov. John Kitzhaber who resigned in disgrace amid an influence peddling investigation that includes his fiancée Cylvia Hayes. Brown addressed the issue in her inauguration speech:

"Governor Kitzhaber dedicated most of his life to serving the people of Oregon. His contributions to our state are well woven into the fabric of our public life. But now, we must restore the public's trust. 

"It's been a tough few months. The people of Oregon have had reason to question their trust in state government. Oregon has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons. That changes starting today. It's time for use to get back to work. It's time to move Oregon forward."

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 6.01.45 AMBrown, 54, cited her husband, Dan Little (right), as her "rock," at her inauguration. News accounts have long said Brown is married but considers herself bisexual, without saying more. Brown married Little in 1997 and both live in Southeast Portland. They have two adult children from Little’s previous marriage.

Watch Gov. Brown’s inauguration speech, AFTER THE JUMP

The nation (briefly) had its first openly gay governor back in 2004 with New Jersey's Jim McGreevey. McGreevey resigned three months after making the announcement following a sex scandal. 

 

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One State May Be About to Get the Nation's First Openly Bisexual Governor

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In the discussions of LGBT issues, the "B" has a tendency to be overlooked. For whatever reason - bisexuals can be accused of "hiding"; bisexuals don't really exist; bisexuals fade into nothingness if they don't have sex with a person of each gender every day - bisexual visibility is a problem.

KitzhaberKate Brown, the secretary of state of Oregon, stands to give the bisexual community a major bump in visibility. Gov. John Kitzhaber (right) is presently embroiled in a scandal that has him under investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice and the FBI. The governor's future is uncertain, but if he steps down, then Brown would rise to the role of governor to take his place Brown is an openly bisexual woman, and if she were to assume the role of governor, she would be the first in the nation.

It will all hinge on how the scandal with the current governor falls out, however, as Kithaber's lawyer is adamant that the governor will remain in office.


Rachel Maddow Shows Some Love to Gay Tech Bears Who Own Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign Website: VIDEO

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In a segment on an odd set of stories from Oregon, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took a look at CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater - the self-described high-tech bear couple who bought www.JebBushForPresident.com back in 2008 and are using the site "as a platform to educate our friends and family about political impact to LGBT families."

Maddow, who called the story "the single most amazing thing you need to know about Oregon today", also used the segment to educate her viewers about bears - or as she calls them "everyone's favorite happy gay subculture."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Oregon Baker Found Guilty of Discriminating Against Gay Couple; Faces Fine of Up to $150,000

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Sweet Cakes, the Oregon bakery which refused to bake a cake in January 2013 after they found out it was for a lesbian's wedding, has been found guilty by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries of discriminating against the couple getting married and faces fines of up to $150,000, KGW Portland reports:

In Jan. 2013, Laurel Bowman said Sweet Cakes refused to sell her and her fiancée a cake for their upcoming wedding. Bowman said Aaron Klein, the co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, said the couple's union was an "abomination unto the lord."

Bowman filed an anti-discrimination complaint with BOLI later that year, alleging that the bakery violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which protects the rights of Oregonians who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

According to KGW, Sweet Cakes by Melissa is liable for up to $75,000 per person, "which means the same-sex couple could be awarded up to $150,000."

Sweet Cakes closed in September 2013, moving its business to an 'in-home' bakery after the state began its investigation and it became the target of protests.

The baker posted a sign on the door at the time:

"This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart. ♥”


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