Anti-therapy bill for minors stymied for now

Friday, February 12, 2016
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

counseling therapy sessionA pro-family leader in Massachusetts has succeeded in his campaign to put a hold on a bill that would ban therapy for youth dealing with unwanted same-sex attractions.

Brian Camenker of MassResistance says volunteers called on legislators with straightforward information because many of them were unaware of what Bill H.97 was about or the dangers it presents to children. Their efforts have now resulted in substantial bipartisan opposition to the measure.

"We've had a lot of Democratic state reps – in fact, some in fairly high places – tell us that they're very concerned about it," says the MassResistance founder and director. "And they thank us for giving them this information and that it troubles them about this bill."

Under Massachusetts law, a bill progresses through three mandatory readings in the legislature. After the first reading, it goes to committee and must be released by that committee for the next reading. Camenker believes H.97 may never be called for a second reading this session.

Camenker, Brian (MassResistance)"You know, we're very confident that we could hold this [bill] – and if for some reason it gets a second reading and they vote [to move] it up, then it goes back to a committee on third reading," he explains, adding that if that happens, "we'll just hammer that committee."

Camenker says people from all over America and even some in foreign countries called legislators to express their opposition to the bill, which he says is akin to child abuse.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Of the four media hosts/moderators for the 2016 election debates, which do you most trust to be fair?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  The Latest: Grandparents of school shooter found father dead
  Officials: Suspect in Texas slayings was in US illegally
  Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean
  Some evacuation orders lifted in Calif. wildfire areas
  House OKs plan for $170M to fix Flint water system
South Carolina school shooting: 3 wounded; teen in custody
Congress overrides Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill
Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Polls: Post-debate Clinton can't get beyond margin of error
GOP lauds Obama's 9/11 veto override: 'Righting that terrible wrong'
Dem lawmaker wears Hillary pin during House hearing on Clinton email probe
Saudi Arabia, Gulf States prepare to strike back following 9/11 bill veto override
The real agenda behind Charlotte's 'peaceful' protests: Anti-white, anti-American values

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Some new, some repeats on 'Dirty' list

no porn symbolThe National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released its annual "Dirty Dozen List." One new entry is designed to stop the momentum of a fairly new movement.