A 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.
"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.