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England To Become First Country To Ban Harmful Gay Conversion "Therapy"

England To Become First Country To Ban Harmful Gay Conversion “Therapy”

England plans to become the first country in the world to outlaw “gay conversion therapy” as part of an effort to counter LGBT intolerance and discrimination.

The initiative follows a survey of over 18.000 LGBT people that found 2% of the 108,000 respondents had undergone conversion therapy while 5% had been offered it.

The announcement of the new initiative, coincides with Pride Week in London.

Gay conversion “therapies” which many describe as torture are based on the premise that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a mental illness that can be “cured.” But there is no evidence that they work, and the techniques are  discredited. Currently  members of the UK professional bodies for counseling and psychotherapy are prohibited from using such techniques.

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of the British LGBT rights group Stonewall, greeted the government’s pledge as “an important first step” but added that it needs to lead to “tangible change.”

“Some people will be shocked by the findings. But for anyone who is LGBT, or has a family member or friend who is, these results will be sadly recognizable,” she said in a statement.

“Laws have improved and attitudes have changed but our society still treats LGBT people like second-class citizens.”

New Jersey To Consider “Ex-Gay” Reparative Therapy Ban After California’s Passage

Coming hot on the heels of Governor Jerry Browns signing into law a bill that bans ex-gay reparative therapy on California minors.  Openly gay New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace says that now  he will introduce a bill similar to California’s ban  to the New Jersey State Senate.

“I see it as a form of child abuse,” Eustace said. Being gay “is not an illness, so what are they fixing?” “Conversion” or “reparative” therapy has been discredited by all major mental health organizations, according to the American Psychological Association. Since parents may force their children to undergo the therapy, the state should protect them, Eustace said. The bills will face stiff resistance from the New Jersey Family Policy Council, a group that opposes gay marriage. Government should not interfere with parental decisions, said the group’s founder and president, Len Deo. “The American Psychological Association has been very ‘progressive’ in their viewpoints. I would say there are thousands who have utilized this therapy that have left the gay lifestyle,” he said. “Assemblyman Eustace now becomes the parental authority for all . . . kids? Give me a break,” Deo added. “A kid can’t get a tattoo in New Jersey without a parent’s consent. To take the flip side on this and take away the right of the parents on this issue is ludicrous.”

There has been no word from New jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office on whether if such a Bill were to pass if he would sign it into law.

Minnesota Voters Moving Against Gay Marriage Ban


AMERICAblog Gay hips us to a new PPP poll which indicates that the momentum in the Minnesota marriage fight is changing.

Minnesota’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage now appears to be in serious danger of failing, a reversal from a PPP poll four months ago when it led for passage by a 48/44 margin.

Now only 43% of voters support the proposed amendment, with 49% of voters opposed to it. The shift since then has come with independent voters. After previously supporting the amendment by a 50/40 spread, they’re now opposing it 54/37. Republicans continue to strongly favor the amendment (74/21) while Democrats are almost equally strong in their opposition (71/22).

Independents coming a lot closer to Democrats than Republicans on gay rights is becoming something of a constant in our polling. The GOP seriously risks antagonizing voters in the middle if it continues to pursue a far right social agenda.

Minnesota sees the same massive generational gap on this issue that we’ve found in other states. Voters over 45 support the proposed amendment by a 50/42 spread. But those under 45 oppose it by an even greater 60/34 margin.

Voters in the state think gay marriage should be legal by a 47/42 margin, closely matching the numbers on the amendment. And when you expand the discussion to civil unions 75% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 21% who think there should be none. That includes even 55% of Republicans.