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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Dangerous Gay Conversion Therapy

Posted by on May. 5, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Dangerous Gay Conversion Therapy

MAY 5, 2015 3:40 AM

Declining a challenge to New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy, the Supreme Court agreed with the ruling of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In other words, the Supreme Court, which consists of right-wing religious zealots like Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, says conversion therapy is dangerous and doesn’t place an undue burden on people’s religious freedoms. The Circuit Court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked any standing to pursue claims on behalf of their clients, most of whom are children. The lower court ruling only applies to people under 18, and doesn’t affect the rights of unlicensed private counselors.

The plaintiffs who brought the forth the case were National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Shocker.

I’m guessing the quack “Christian” therapists were expecting smooth sailing with the conservative court, but neglected to realize the Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging California’s ban in 2014. Conservatives never seem to learn from the past.

I’m glad to see the Supreme Court is catching up to 1973, when the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Now if only they can recognize women’s right to access birth control.

The White House recently took a stand against the dangers of conversion therapy in a response to a We the People petition, saying:

“The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm. As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

Nothing brightens my day more than when dangerous right-wing homophobes get a smack down from the nation’s highest court. Hopefully we will see more of this in June with the same-sex marriage case.

Good for the Supreme Court, and good for Chris Christie for signing the ban into law. Give credit where credit is due.

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on May. 5, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Good!

That therapy is some wicked shit.

Nerds Without Pants

Sisteract
by Whoopie on May. 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Good.

Collectively they must believe that being gay is neither a choice nor a defect that must be fixed.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 11:23 AM
No. The Supreme Court made no such assertions. It merely decided not to consider the appeal from the lower court, leaving it a state decision, as it should be.

If you don't know what you are talking about, then don't post nonsense. The Supreme Court considers a very small percentage of the appeals before it.
Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on May. 5, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Supreme Court rejects appeal of gay conversion therapy ban

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The Supreme Court has decided not to consider New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy.

The high court rejected a case Monday challenging a law Gov. Chris Christie (R) passed in August 2013 prohibiting state-licensed counselors from offering therapy services that try to change a minor’s sexual orientation. 

Licensed therapists Tara King and Ronald Newman appealed the New Jersey Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the state ban. They argue New Jersey’s law violates their state and federal rights to free speech and freedom of religion under the First Amendment.

On behalf of their minor clients, King and Newman further argued that New Jersey’s law interferes with clients' rights to determine their own sexual identity and parents' fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children.

In the opinion, Judge Freda Wolfson said the New Jersey law regulates conduct, not speech. There is “no indication in the record that religion was a motivating factor for passing the law,” she added.

“From its plain language, the law does not seek to target or burden religious practices or beliefs,” she wrote. “Rather, it bars all licensed mental health providers from engaging in [conversion therapy] with minors, regardless of whether that provider or the minor seeking [conversion therapy] is motivated by religion or motivated by any other purpose.”

New Jersey is the second state in the nation, following California, to pass such a law. The District of Columbia has also passed similar legislation.

The law explicitly says being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency or shortcoming, something major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers have recognized for nearly 40 years.

Efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation pose critical health risks, New Jersey argues, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicide, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and a feeling of being dehumanized.

Christie, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, has long maintained that he believes homosexuals are born that way and that it is not a sin.

Last month, President Obama called for the end of conversion therapies for gay, lesbian and transgender youth, and House Democrats introduced a resolution calling on states to ban the practice.  

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/240972-supreme-court-upholds-new-jerseys-ban-on-gay-conversion-therapy

Sisteract
by Whoopie on May. 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM
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Quoting TranquilMind: No. The Supreme Court made no such assertions. It merely decided not to consider the appeal from the lower court, leaving it a state decision, as it should be. If you don't know what you are talking about, then don't post nonsense. The Supreme Court considers a very small percentage of the appeals before it.

Yep- read the entire text. if they actually agreed that this was compelling, meaning important enough to explore further, a different decision would have been made.


Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on May. 5, 2015 at 11:32 AM

TranquilMind

by  Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 11:23 AM


"If you don't know what you are talking about, then don't post nonsense. "


Should take her own advice.
Quoting Sisteract:

Quoting TranquilMind: No. The Supreme Court made no such assertions. It merely decided not to consider the appeal from the lower court, leaving it a state decision, as it should be. If you don't know what you are talking about, then don't post nonsense. The Supreme Court considers a very small percentage of the appeals before it.

Yep- read the entire text. if they actually agreed that this was compelling, meaning important enough to explore further, a different decision would have been made.


Pandora_13
by Bronze Member on May. 5, 2015 at 11:32 AM
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Fantastic!

“I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.”― Alice in Wonderland

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