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VIDEO: California To Ban Gay "Conversion" Therapy

By October 2, 2012

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California is set to be the first US State to ban reparative, also known as ex-gay conversion, therapy which has been used by some anti-gay organizations as a psychological method of curing homosexuality.

Watch this video from Washington Post.

The American Psychological Association (APA) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in ???? and has since shunned the use of reparative therapy to try and "correct" gay children. The governing body of the mental health organization examined 83 studies on sexual orientation dating back to 1960 and found no substantial evidence that homosexuality can be cured through therapy or any other means as many ex-gay ministries claim.

Still, for years groups like Exodus boasted a 50% success rate in helping turning gay men and women straight through therapy. What they failed to mention was that many of their success stories were individuals who lived in celibacy or were later caught hanging out at gay establishments.

In June of 2011 the issue landed in American living rooms with the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a 38-year-old suicide victim. At age 5 Murphy was sent to a government funded ex-gay camp led by George A. Rekers, who went on the found the Family Research Council and board NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality). Anderson Cooper anchored "The Sissy Experiment", a report about Murphy's forced intervention and later suicide.

Murphy's case, then with his identity protected, became the (mis) leading example of the success of ex gay therapy and launched the modern movement for gay cures. After forced treatment to eliminate his "feminine tendencies" Murphy led a troubled life that ended in suicide at an early age. Still, Rekers claimed Murphy as a success as early as 2009.

It's a relief after decades of these unconscionable practices that one state is finally taking a stand on the side of science. There never has been substantial proof that homosexuality can be cured, the reason being that being gay is not an illness nor a disease.

With the ban in place Jan. 1, California parents at least will have no choice but to take the advice of an advertisement I saw on the side of a city bus this afternoon: "Some people are gay. Get over it."
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