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Liberty Counsel appeals ruling, calls limits on ex-gay therapy ‘child endangerment’

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Friday, December 7, 2012

After a district court judge rejected their challenge of California’s law prohibits therapists from practicing dangerous sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors, Liberty Counsel has decided to appeal the ruling and has continued to portray the law as a boon to child predators.

Mat Staver

LC chairman Mat Staver said in a statement that the law promotes “child endangerment” and “will destroy many lives,” maintaining that “Jerry Sandusky would welcome a law like SB 1172” as “it is endangering generations of Americans.”

Late last night, Liberty Counsel filed a request for an emergency appeal and declarations in support of our appeal, asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to block California law SB 1172 which goes into effect on January 1, 2013. The law will ban any counsel that seeks to reduce or eliminate same-sex sexual attractions, behavior, or identity.

“If a young boy molested by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky develops severe emotional distress and unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, this law will force the counselor to tell the boy that his feelings are normal and good,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. Staver continued, “If the counselor seeks to reduce or eliminate the stress caused by his client’s molestation, the counselor will commit an ethical violation. That is child endangerment!”

A 2001 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that 46% of homosexuals were molested in childhood. Without counseling, these victims often act out the very same sexual behavior used in their molestation. Staver said, “Jerry Sandusky would welcome a law like SB 1172. Minors who are sexually molested will face even more damage when they are told that their unwanted same-sex sexual attractions or behavior are natural and normal. This law is an outrage and it will destroy many lives and wreck the counseling profession,” said Staver.

“The minors we represent have not and do not want to act on their same-sex attractions. They are greatly benefiting from counseling,” Staver said. “If this law goes into effect and there is no emotional help available to these children, I fear they will suffer irreparable harm,” said Staver.

“Without this emergency injunction, the State of California will essentially barge into the private therapy rooms of victimized young people and tell them that their confusion caused by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky abuser is normal and they should pursue their unwanted same-sex sexual attractions and behavior. This is not only outrageous, it is endangering generations of Americans!” said Staver.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. No, no, no. Forcing gay children to sit through ex-gay “therapy” is child abuse!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:30pm
  2. Mentally deficient.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:32pm
  3. the only thing that is endangering children are christian groups like this and their little fairy tales and hatred.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:35pm
  4. The reality is that a molested child will go to therapy for that molestation; treating one sexuality as ‘disposable’ helps noone, its just an attempt to make pedophilia and homosexuality the same in the eyes of the public. That they use children in order to protect violence against the psyche is disgusting. Allowing these madmen to run free in the minds of, especially the young, is a travesty of 1950′s proportions.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:43pm
  5. Keep these monsters away from our children. Why do these fake chrsitians want access to other people’s children?

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:59pm
  6. -__

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:31pm
  7. This is child abuse. No one has the right to force any child to go through ex-gay “therapy”. News flash its not therapy its brain washing that being true to yourself is wrong. Fuck that.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:33pm
  8. I tried, and truly believed that becoming a “Christian” would cure me of being transgendered. I tried for 10 years to “change” and it didn’t happen. I had a mental/emotional breakdown that almost destroyed me–and I was a full grown adult. I can’t imagine what it must be like going through this as a child. It is child abuse. The only thing I want to caution, is about kids who think they are “gay” because they were molested. This requires therapeutic treatment–not to make them “not gay”, but to help them understand that being molested does not make them gay. And this is with secular, professional care, not church people in theocratic/church settings.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:54pm
  9. How many children of Christian parents suffered from depression or other mental illnesses and were denied counseling or medication because mental illness is sometimes viewed as a sin problem?!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:36pm
  10. not sure if this is good or bad

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:13pm
  11. They only have every major professional medical association against them. How could they possibly lose the case?

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:24pm
  12. “Let us continue abusing children or you’re endangering children!” Riiiiiiiiiiight, NARTH. Liars.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:25pm
  13. if ur gay ur born that way. thats what christians believe until thier judgement and blasephmy start happening. amen god hands

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:10pm
  14. Forcing children into thereapy is “child endangerment”.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:17pm
  15. Another inhabitant of the weird parallel universe of Murka.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:41pm