Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 40 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, February 21 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 08
Washington Senate considering ban on 'conversion therapy' Bill passed House 94-4
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Washington Senate considering ban on 'conversion therapy' Bill passed House 94-4

by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer

The State Senate is now considering a bill to ban so-called 'conversion therapy,' a controversial practice that claims to turn Gay youth straight. The Senate's Committee on Health Care will hold a hearing on the legislation February 20.

The bill would make it an act of unprofessional conduct to try to change the sexual orientation of a patient under 18, and would include efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions toward people of the same sex.

The State House passed the ban, known as House Bill 2451, on February 14, by a lopsided 94 to 4 margin. Only Republican Reps. Mark Hargrove, Brad Klippert, Jason Overstreet, and Elizabeth Scott voted against the measure.

The House added an amendment exempting non-licensed religious counselors, and protecting the speech rights of licensed counselors not practicing conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy is geared toward changing children from Gay to straight and can range from intense shaming sessions to physical pain like electric shock and ice water baths. Critics have likened it to torture, and mainstream psychiatric experts have condemned the practice.

Bill sponsor, former Representative and now Senator Marko Liias, noted that 'sexual orientation change efforts are ineffective and dangerous and we should make them an unprofessional practice.'

Liias's statement was bolstered by testimony from the Rev. Manny Santiago, a pastor at University Baptist Church. Santiago was subjected to conversion therapy as a child, he said.

'What this did to me as a kid was so deep, was to deepen my sense of shame and unworthiness,' Santiago said.

'Knowing that I could not change who I was, many times I thought of ending my life, while I was being submitted to the pain of these methods of reparative therapy. These methods left in me deep wounds that are still healing.' Most Republican representatives voted for the ban.

Republican Rep. Larry Haler said that some conversion therapies employ 'cruel and unusual' methods. 'That is reminiscent of a country different than America,' he said. 'There are other ways to approach that kind of conversion therapy.'

Haler added that his vote for the ban was influenced by fellow-Republican Rep. Richard DeBolt, who gave compelling arguments for banning the therapy.

Similar laws are in effect in California and New Jersey.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Musmari charged with first-degree arson
------------------------------
So, am I married now, or what?
------------------------------
Washington Senate considering ban on 'conversion therapy' Bill passed House 94-4
------------------------------
Jesse's Journal: Knocking on history's closet
------------------------------
Earnestine Blue (1949-2014)
------------------------------
War Dispatches
------------------------------
Shortage of heartfelt greeting cards for same-sex couples
------------------------------
Ed Murray lays out ambitious agenda in State of the City speech
------------------------------
Protestors return to Idaho capitol - Demand protection from discrimination
------------------------------
Oregon AG won't defend Gay marriage ban
------------------------------
Lambda Legal files suit to defend insurance coverage for HIV+ patients
------------------------------
Alan Turing and the medical abuse of Gay men - The hidden homophobic shame of the NHS
------------------------------
Let's not bully the bullies
------------------------------
I had no idea it was coming
------------------------------
Low wage-workers demand fair wage, respect
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2013

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News