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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

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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Bill that would ban conversion therapy for gay youth advances in Illinois House

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

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Md. lawmaker withdraws bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin
ANNAPOLIS -- A bill that would have banned mental health professionals in Maryland from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity has been withdrawn.

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Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth, has been introduced in the Illinois state legislature.

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Bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth passes Washington House

Friday, February 14, 2014
Washington state capitol in Olympia.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state House on Thursday approved a bill aimed at prohibiting health care providers from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

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Calif. conversion therapy ban put on hold pending Supreme Court review

Monday, February 3, 2014
California
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's ban on conversion therapy for minors, the controversial practice that aims to turn gay youths straight, will remain on hold while opponents of the ban ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it.

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