Being gay is NOT a mental disorder—and now there's finally legislation that agrees. California Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill that bans the arguably "medieval practice" of gay-cure therapies on LGBT youth in his state.
The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minors from all forms of "reparative" and conversion treatment—mental-health therapies that aim to "resolve" individuals' gay attractions. Treatments range from noninvasive counseling to more traumatic forms of shock therapy and exorcism and can cause emotional damage, according to Huffington Post.
"These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said as he marked yet another historic moment for gay rights progress this year.
However, some medical professionals and religious leaders feel that the bill infringes on the First Amendment, and they plan to file a lawsuit. This includes the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and the Pacific Justice Institute.
Dr. Marcus Bachmann, husband to the GOP's Michelle Bachmann and a well-known anti-gay counselor, surprisingly has yet to voice an opinion on the bill. However, we're expecting him to jump on the pro-gay-cure bandwagon any day now; his mental health and counseling clinic, Bachmann & Associates, received nearly $173,000 dollars from federal faith-based programs to convert gays to heterosexuals through prayer. These "barbarians need to be educated … disciplined," he told one radio outlet.
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