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Maryland legislators seek a ban on change therapy

March 21, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

February 16, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “State Seeks Talking Points for Therapist” by Bob Unruh and published on World Net Daily: “As expected, Maryland is seeking to become the third state to impose talking points on therapists whose clients are horrified by the same-sex attractions they may experience and want help to rid themselves. State lawmakers have proposed, like in California and New Jersey, a ban on what therapists can say in such situations.”

“‘This legislation makes unfounded claims that sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy is harmful and ineffective, while ignoring the reality that some minors who develop homosexual feelings have already been harmed by sexual abuse and will be unable to pursue help to overcome sexual confusion that may result from that molestation,’ said Christopher Doyle in a statement released by Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays.”

“‘Children who have been molested and are confused about their sexual orientation as a result of the abuse will be denied access to therapy simply because it is not gay-affirming.’”

“Such censorship already has been adopted in California and New Jersey, and officials with Liberty Counsel are representing clients and counselors in those states who want the speech restriction struck down.”

“That dispute already has been elevated to the point the Supreme Court is being asked to review the restrictions and limits on the First Amendment.”

“Homosexual activists say they plan to make similar changes in New York, Virginia, Washington and Massachusetts, too.” …