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N.Y. state Assembly approves ban on reparative therapy for minors

| Monday, June 16, 2014
New-York
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy.

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N.Y. state Assembly to consider ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Matthew Shurka of Long Island, N.Y., says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A proposed ban against New York health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy comes too late for Matthew Shurka, a 26-year-old Long Island man who says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.

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Texas GOP approves platform endorsing ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention. Roughly 7,000 delegates Saturday ratified the platform without debating their party's stance on homosexuality on the convention floor.

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N.J. judge: Conversion therapy practitioners could be liable for damages

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- A judge has ruled that a New Jersey conversion therapy organization is potentially liable for the costs to repair the damage it inflicted on four young people by using discredited therapy it claimed can convert people from gay to straight.

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Gay Republicans may surrender on ‘gay cure therapy’ in fear of tougher platform

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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Gay Republicans in Texas said Friday they may stop fighting their party's proposed endorsement of "reparative therapy" over worries that even tougher anti-gay language could be added to the party platform. The Texas GOP is poised to adopt a new platform this weekend that would support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight.

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Texas GOP platform endorsing ‘gay cure’ therapy survives key vote

| Friday, June 6, 2014
Gay rights advocates rally outside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 5, 2014, where the Texas GOP convention began was being held.
The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors. A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention

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Draft of Texas Republican Party platform endorses ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Texas-GOP
The first draft of the Texas Republican Party platform finds some changes to the party's position on homosexuality with the removal of some anti-gay language, and the addition of a new statement supporting "gay cure" therapies.

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Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House.

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‘Newsweek’ owner endorses ‘ex-gay therapy,’ thinks gays can be ‘cured’

| Monday, March 31, 2014
Newsweek owners Johnathan Davis (left) and Etienne Uzac.
A profile in The Guardian takes a look at the new owners of the iconic newsmagazine, Newsweek, and how IBT Media co-founder Johnathan Davis believes that gay people can be cured through “gay-to-straight” reparative (on conversion) theraly.

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NY appeals court upholds $1.6 million judgement awarded to lesbian chef

JEFF D. GORMAN | Courthouse News Service | Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mirella Salemi
NEW YORK -- The owner of a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca who warned his staff weekly about the eternal damnation awaiting "gay people" owes a lesbian chef $1.6 million, a New York appeals court ruled.

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