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Federal Appeals Court Upholds California Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy For Minors

A U.S. federal appeals court will uphold California's law banning the use of "ex-gay" reparative therapy on minors.

LGBTQNation reports:

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that prohibits psychological counseling aimed at changing a minor’s sexual orientation.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a majority of its 27 judges voted against scheduling a new hearing.

That leaves intact California’s first-in-the nation law barring licensed counselors from offering treatment geared toward changing the sexual orientation of minors, a practice referred to as reparative or conversion therapy.

Excellent news! Hopefully this ruling will have a positive impact on other court cases surrounding similar legislation. 

New Jersey most recently enacted a reparative therapy ban for minors and the New Jersey law is currently being appealed in the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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dear sir or vagina:

i didn't CHOOSE TO like beer. i didn't CHOOSE TO like smoking. i didn't CHOOSE TO like gambling. i am VERY OFFENDED and concerned of the damage that "counseling" and talk-therapy is doing to people...as well as one person in particular - ME.

we all are "born this way". a liar is any "counselor" who says that he can change the way a person IS. a liar is any "music therapist" who says that music can change peoples' moods and outlooks. a liar is any "marriage counselor" who says that he can piece-together a broken relationship.

who are courts to mandate that anyone receive behavior-counseling? what year are we in - hasn't the whole "counseling" and feel-good "therapy" industry been recognized as the fraud that it is? nobody can change other people, people are BORN WITH enough information about the world to have been given a complete identity AT BIRTH. the way that anyone is...is simply predetermined. however we are, we were BORN THIS WAY.

a liar is any "counselor" who says that he can change the way a person IS. a liar is any "music therapist" who says that music can change peoples' moods and outlooks. a liar is any "marriage counselor" who says that he can piece-together a broken relationship.

who are psychologists and "counselors" to say that they can change me into a non-gambling (dare i say "perfect") man? who are psychologists to say that, just by talking to me, they can change my dependancy on slot-machines? people who try to "help" the gambler are not tolerant of diversity, and they really should be shot. who are they to say that gambling is a problem? furthermore, who are they to suggest that it's not a predetermined state-of-mind? and, above all else, who are they to say that minds can be changed?

come to think of it, who are psychologists to say that talk-therapy can change anything about me? i am what i am, and it's nobody's place to change what i am. if i was a gambling-addict, if my curiosity and interest was aroused by pulling the long handles on slot-machines, i was BORN that way. it is nobody's place to tell me that there is help for my kind, because that is an insult to the way god made me. also, it is an insult to the identity my brain had formed ON ITS OWN - either when i was in the womb or at the moment when the sperm hit the egg. i was BORN THIS WAY, born with the identity of a gambler. furthermore, to suggest that i wasn't BORN THIS WAY, that i actually became this way through my life's experiences, well, that's an insult to my INDIVIDUALISM. any counselor who says that he can change people, well, he's really saying that people are impressionable, insecure and ditzy enough to BE changed. that they're not rooted within themselves.

well, i AM rooted within myself. nobody can change me into a non-smoking, non-drinking man who doesn't get so much gratification from stuffing his face with pop-tarts, because this is my IDENTITY. nobody can change anyone's identity, and for "counselors" and psychologists to even SUGGEST that they can...well, it makes me mad.

don't tell me that you can change the way i look at slot-machines, don't tell me that it is wrong for me to be so mentally aroused by slot-machines, don't tell me that i wasn't born with the insecurities i feel when i'm not close to a casino. nobody can change the psychological boner i get when i'm standing in front of (and gawking at the presence of) a casino, and nobody can change the boner i AM when i've slipped right through the door on the backside of the casino.

i was born this way. before my brain was able to process any information about the outside world, i was born this way. before opinions were able to be formed in my brain, i was born with opinions. before my mind had developed enough to be psychologically aroused, i was born this way.

and any psychologist who says he can change my mind, well, he's just making convenient excuses. i was born this way.

mr. dylan terreri i
dr. sheldon cooper, ii
www.anti-gay.com
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"When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it." - Madonna
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This is truly a great day for our gay youth.

Thank God these people figured it out!! 

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