Conversion therapy ban catching on

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

As other states are following California's lead, working to ban counseling for homosexuality, an attorney says it's imperative that the law be stopped in The Golden State before its implementation.

As OneNewsNow has reported, the Pacific Justice Institute has filed legal briefs to stop the January 1 implementation of SB 1172. The motion notes the law's unconstitutional denial of "conversion therapy" to minors experiencing unwanted homosexual feelings.

McReynolds, Matthew (PJI)But PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds is now concerned that similar legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania and that New Jersey will likely follow suit.

"It's so important that we stop this here in California, because we know that it is going to spread to other states," he comments.

"The people who have been calling for the legislation here have gone on record to say that they would like to see this in every state, and they have specific states in mind that they want to target in 2013."

Rep. Babette Josephs' (D-PA) proposed measure would ban mental health professionals from offering "gay"-to-straight therapy for minors, and Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-NJ) promises to introduce similar language during the state's new legislative session.

McReynolds asserts that his organization's concern is for health professionals and the churches that offer counseling for gender confusion and offer minors a way out of the homosexual lifestyle.

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