Aaron Blitzer sued California after it outlawed therapy for children with same-sex attraction. Blitzer says reparative therapy helped him overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. He is currently studying counseling to help others heal.
Therapist Donald Welsch and psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Duk join Blitzer as plaintiffs defending the right of counselors to assist minors with SSA. The Pacific Justice Institute leads the lawsuit against SB 1172 which bans sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
The law's critics say that it infringes on the rights of families and therapists, particularly young people who have same-sex attractions as a result of being victims of sexual abuse.
[Pacific Justice Institute president Brad] Dacus said the law makes them "victims twice, as a result denying them counseling and healing."
He said that counseling in "direct violation" of religious or personal beliefs, "only precipitates greater confusion and depression and the likelihood of suicide..."
"They clearly say that one size fits all and ignore the complexity of same-sex attraction and varying degrees of such attraction, depending on age and background," said Dacus. "It's out of place for the legislature to put such restrictions on it."
Huffington Post reports:
“The legislature had an errant assumption that every individual struggling with same-sex attraction is caused by their DNA,” Dacus said. “It ignores thousands, including the plaintiff, who have gone through therapy and are now in a happy and healthy heterosexual relationship,” he continued, Queerty reports.
California is the same state that allows children to receive Hormone Blocking Therapy drugs to assist children in subsequently changing their gender.
So in California, it's ok to drug children to facilitate a gender change, but using talk therapy to change their sexual orientation is outlawed.
Drugs for minors: yes.
Reparative therapy for minors: no.
Change gender: yes.
Change sexual orientation: no.
Isn't California the same state that is going bankrupt?