More states are backing away from a push by homosexual activists to ban therapy for children.
Recently, Vermont became the fifth state to ban the therapy for underage children with same-sex attractions. Christopher Doyle, a licensed professional counselor and co-coordinator of the National Task Force for Therapy Equality with Equality and Justice for All, says it's strange the bill was passed because they couldn't find a single counselor in Vermont who actually worked with the youth.
“What that tells us is that gay activists are really more interested in scoring cheap political points than [they are in] solving actual problems and finding solutions to that - and that's not what we're trying to do,” says Doyle.
“We're trying to improve our therapy quality, make access to therapy for those who want it easier and better, and to help people.”
While left-leaning states that pass these bans get extensive publicity, Doyle says people need to realize many more states are rejecting these bills.
“[In liberal states, apparently] the facts do not matter any longer when it comes to sexual identity and orientation,” says Doyle. “They're completely beholding to the gay activists' political agenda.”
In 2014 and 2015, the task force convinced lawmakers to kill bills that would ban the therapy for minors in 15 states. Nine bills were killed or stalled this year, leading Doyle to say lawmakers understand young people should not be left in a state of sexual confusion. According to Doyle, therapy does help for those who want it.