Pa Moves To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

08.27.13 | Bob Price

Mental health providers would be prohibited from counseling gay and lesbian youths to change their sexual orientation under a bill being introduced by two Pennsylvania lawmakers. Democratic Representatives  Gerald Mullery and Brian Sims are seeking to ban this type of therapy for patients under age 18. They cite the precedent of a new law in New Jersey signed this month by Gov. Chris Christie. Citing studies by the American Psychological Association, Mullery said he considers sexual orientation conversion therapy to be harmful to children and causing some to even have suicidal thoughts. Conversion therapy is described as counseling and psychotherapy attempting to eliminate or suppress homosexuality.  Pro-Family groups argue such a ban is a violation of freedom of speech rights guaranteed by the U-S Constitution. The group Liberty Council says there is scientific and anecdotal evidence that gay conversion therapy from a biblical