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PFOX responds to MD attempt to ban change therapy

March 11, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

February 14, 2014

The following excerpts are from the PFOX news release “Maryland ban on heterosexual therapy:” … “House Bill 91 relies exclusively on policy statements from so-called “mainstream” mental and medical health organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), who formed a Task Force in 2009 made up exclusively of gay-identified and gay-affirming psychologists. ‘What the APA Task Force report actually said was that there is inadequate research to make conclusions on the efficacy and safety of SOCE therapy,’ commented [Christopher] Doyle. ‘Bill 91’s interpretation of the APA report’s conclusions is inaccurate, and we are calling on the APA to correct those inaccuracies, as it states in their own 2002 Code of Conduct: When its research is misinterpreted or misquoted, it (APA) should take reasonable steps to correct the misinterpretation.'”

“‘House Bill 91 threatens clients’ constitutional rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and their first amendment rights to see a counselor who helps them resolve unwanted SSA while remaining faithful to their deeply held spiritual beliefs. All parents, children, and families in Maryland deserve the right to pursue their own self-determination and should not be forced to choose between their counselor and their faith values,’ commented Doyle. ‘We are urging Maryland delegates to put the rights of innocent children, who do not have a voice, over this politically motivated legislation.’” …