Thursday, April 10, 2014

Articles: Pro-Choice: Defending the Right Not to be Gay

Articles: Pro-Choice: Defending the Right Not to be Gay

Pro-Choice: Defending the Right Not to be Gay

In an article I wrote recently, Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle, I argued that there are no specifically anti-gay laws, only laws distinguishing between single individuals and married couples. There is one law that I missed.  California law SB-1172 Sexual orientation change efforts actually does intentionally and specifically discriminate against people based solely on their sexual orientation.  The law states: "This bill would prohibit a mental health provider, as defined, from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, with a patient under 18 years of age.  The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a mental health provider shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject the provider to discipline by the provider's licensing entity."This law effectively puts a "No Gays Allowed" sign on therapist's doors across the state.  Individuals with homosexual attractions are now a segregated population in the psychological community; their freedom limited to what is viewed as best for them.

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