Pink News- Hawaii has become the latest state to bring forward plans to ban gay conversion therapy.
Lawmakers on the islands have introduced a bill that supporters say will protect LGBT teens from serious harm.
The legislation contains a number of proposals – including making it illegal for teachers or counsellors to try and change someone’s sexual orientation and bans advertising that promotes the same.
Della Au Belatti, a Democratic member of the House, who introduced the bill, said: “These children, these teenagers are quite vulnerable.”
Opponents have said parents should have the right to decide if they want to seek treatment for their children.
Republican representative, Bob McDermott, said: What if I want to steer my kids to the rich life of being a heterosexual, and as a parent, I don’t have the right.”
Hawaii is the fifth state to bring in legislation behind California, Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, which ban it for minors.
I don't want to be crass, but doesn't this kind of undo all the good will that we built up by making gay marriage legal? Dammit guys, we were on such a progressive path until we tried to send kids to the doctor to trick them into vagina. Is this just something I can Google and get directed towards a bunch of offices in my locality? Shouldn't this be some underground practice that takes place solely in dimly light abandoned warehouses? I feel like labeling yourself a "Gay Conversion Therapist" is pretty bad for business in 2016. I guess the people that are so desperate to exercise the dick demons that have overrun the minds and bodies of their sons and students are willing to pay a pretty penny to do so.
Honestly, this has all the makings of some backdoor deal between the Supreme Court and the Conservative Homophobes of America (CHOA). "Okay fine, they can get married, but only under one condition. We get to take all the unmarried homosexuals that are too young to think for themselves and try to zap the gay out of them before it's too late". I'm not exactly convinced of the effectiveness of mentally augmenting the sexual orientation of a group of people, so I doubt it's making too much of a difference. It's not like you can just wave an oversized watch in someone's face to hypnotize them and all the sudden they are salivating at the next pair of tits that crosses their path. At least I don't think that's how that work. I suppose I could be wrong, and isn't it better safe then sorry? Something tells me that the vast majority of the people undergoing this procedure aren't doing so on their own accord. It's the ones being told they are tainted by their attraction to the same sex. I think there should be a general rule of thumb for people that go to a shrink to change their behavior. That behavior should be one that they deem harmful to themselves, not one that their parents, teachers, or counselors deem harmful to their fascist ideal that every sexual relationship should be able to naturally produce a child.
In a way, I blame the homosexual newlyweds. They got their legal matrimony and just took off into the sunset leaving behind those that might want to enjoy the fruits of gay marriage in the future. They hopped on the lifeboat of widely accepted homosexuality and left all the women and children behind to suffer the chilling fate of drowning in the heterosexual expectations of their peers. I am happy that Hawaii is trying to become the 5th state to lend a hand, but it kinda feels like the other 45 are getting a free pass. Oh well, until then it's "Hawaii: We'll Keep The Light On For Ya"...