Friday, February 14, 2014

Maryland ban on heterosexual therapy


Maryland ban on heterosexual therapy

Maryland House Bill 91 would prohibit a licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Maryland from offering counseling or psychotherapy to a minor that has unwanted same-sex attractions and seeks to change his/her homosexual orientation...

"This legislation makes unfounded claims that sexual orientation change efforts (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," commented Christopher Doyle. "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."

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 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."

Join the Maryland Families Against HB 91 Coalition and tell the Maryland House of Delegates to Vote "NO" for HB 91

1. Sign the Petition! Simply click on the following web-link or copy and paste it into your web browser:

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