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Virginia House panel stops effort to ban change therapy

March 04, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

January 30, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “Gay-to-straight therapy ban fails in House” by Travis Fain on the Daily Press website: RICHMOND – A House panel killed off legislation Thursday that would have outlawed controversial therapies meant to turn gay children straight. House Bill 1135 only dealt with licensed therapists treating people under 18. Adults seeking the treatment still would have been free to do so.

… John Lindner Jr., of Richmond, said the therapy helped him. Sexuality is not always as simple as straight or gay, he said, and the therapy helped Lindner discover “who I am. I found restoration therapy to be tremendously helpful and life-changing,” he said. “My sexual orientation has been transformed.” In the end, members of a House Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee killed the bill on a 4-1 party line vote, much as supporters expected. …