Strong, vocal opposition to a bill to ban therapy for children with unwanted same-gender attractions is being credited for the bill's defeat.
The Colorado House passed bill H17-1156, a bill against the therapy, which sent it to the Colorado Senate for consideration. Similar measures are now law in New Jersey and California, meaning parents in those states are stripped of the right to determine the best course for their child, a child who might have been molested or have the attractions because of emotional scars.
But after hearing testimony on the measure, the Colorado Senate's State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 against advancing the bill. Some of the strongest opposition came from Drew Patterson.
"It is an egregious and unconscionable goal which seeks to supplant the right of parents to seek proper healthcare for the child," he testified. "Parents and parents alone have the right, in consultation with their child's physician, to determine the appropriate method and course of any proposed therapy."
Many believe opposition to the therapy is another step toward removing parents from their rightful role on this important issue.
"It's not for the LGBTQ lobby or the government to attempt to deny any form of treatment recommended by a licensed professional," Patterson said. "None of the proponents of this bill have a medical relationship with my child. They have no business attempting to interfere with my child's healthcare."
Patterson was only one in a crowd of people who showed up to oppose the bill largely because of the efforts of MassResistance Colorado and Colorado Family Action. The reason the bill failed to advance, he believes, is that people showed up in droves and spoke out against it.