A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to follow California's lead and
ban sexual orientation counseling for youth. Although that proposal
will die today, it's sure to come back to life later.
Representative Babette Josephs of Philadelphia introduced the
bill to prohibit psychologists and others from providing counseling
for unwanted same sex attractions based on the argument that same
sex attraction is not a mental disorder.
Tom Shaheen of the Pennsylvania Family Institute tells OneNewsNow
the bill threatens the individual liberties of a counselor.
"It also threatens the liberty of someone seeking help," he
adds. "It also could threaten ministries and especially Christian
counselors who would teach and certainly counsel that homosexuality
is a sin and help someone try to come out of that lifestyle and
actually restore relationship or even begin a relationship with
Shaheen is hopeful Pennsylvania will not copy California in
banning counseling that has helped many people.
"The sponsor is known for her promotion of gay rights and
opposition to marriage amendments and other things in the past," he
tells OneNewsNow. "So it's not a surprise, but it is troubling to
see legislation drafted that would go this far in actually making
Shaheen believes the bill will die with the end of the session
but is likely to be reintroduced when the next session begins in
late January, and he suggests it will take a grassroots effort to