Monday, April 20, 2015
A House resolution introduced last week calls on states to approve laws that prohibit therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth.
California Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat, introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) Resolution of 2015 on Tuesday.
Two states, California and New Jersey, plus the District of Columbia, already prohibit so-called conversion therapy to anyone under 18 years old.
The move comes less than a week after the Obama administration came out in support of such bans.
Speier, a longtime opponents of such therapies, introduced a similar resolution in 2012.
LGBT advocate the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) last year launched its #BornPerfect campaign, which aims to raise awareness about “the serious harms caused by attempts to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity.”
“We applaud Congresswoman Speier for her genuine leadership and commitment to protecting young people and their families from the dangers of these widely discredited practices,” NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell said in a statement. “We are proud to stand with the congresswoman in urging every state to adopt legislation to ensure that no young person or vulnerable family is exploited by mental health professionals peddling devastatingly harmful psychological practices to fix something in our children that was not broken in the first place.”
Sunday, April 19, 2015
In challenging pastors who support gay rights, Christian conservative James Dobson said that the B in LGBT stands for bisexual and “that's orgies!”
Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, which he led until 2003, is the host of Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, which is broadcast on over 300 radio stations nationwide.
During Friday's show, Dobson discussed the Supreme Court's upcoming marriage equality case with Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver, Vision America President Rick Scarborough and American Family Association (AFA) President Tim Wildmon.
“I've been thinking about those pastors, those people in the clergy, who are compassionate toward those who have attractions to same-sex individuals. And so their inclination is to be all inclusive and put your arm around them,” Dobson said.
“I would like them to think, just for a moment, about LGBT. The B stands for bisexual! Those are, that's orgies! Are you really going to support this?” he asked.
Of course, bisexuality is simply a sexual orientation, nothing more.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
On his Freedom’s Call radio bulletin Wednesday (15 April), the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor discussed 'the damage of homosexuality.'
Staver is the founder of the anti-gay law firm Liberty Counsel, which provides free legal assistance in defense of 'religious freedom,' abortion and the 'traditional family.'
'Studies repeatedly show that homosexual conduct can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it,' he said.
'Same-sex marriage leads to the devaluation of both a mother and a father, who each provide a unique contribution to the family.
'Studies estimate that over the course of 26 years, our government spent more than $225 billion that could be directly attributed to the breakdown of the family culture and its resulting social consequences.'
Staver added that LGBTI people need to understand 'that their actions have costly consequences to the community that surrounds them and to themselves.'
No Mat, what you need to understand is that you and people like you should quit blaming the gay community for your own iniquitous behaviors.
As a friend pointed out recently, when a conservative female relative of his bemoaned that, though she was for him and his partner wanting the same legal rights as str8 couples, she drew the line at "us" calling it marriage and that she believed it would further dilute and erode the institution.
To which he responded: "If my marriage in any way affects yours or any others str8 persons marriage, then all I can say, is that one of you is gay."
Just for the record though Mat...marriage equality hasn't happened yet, sure it's legal in a majority of states, but that's only been in the last couple of years...so exactly how did we destroy your marriages starting 26 years ago, or is that, like the 225 billion and those supposed *studies* you cite, it's all lies and bullshit meant to scare the weak minded into sending you money to defend them from something that doesn't exist (except in their own minds)?
Friday, April 17, 2015
Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District.
“Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District, along with school police officers, continue to investigate all allegations. We will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted. We resolve to ensure that all children can grow and learn in a safe, supportive environment free from discrimination.”