In an online letter posted on Wednesday, the White House threw its support behind state efforts to ban so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors.
Earlier this year, New Jersey became the second state to ban reparative therapy—the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation—for minors. Now a couple is suing, saying that their son wants this therapy and should be allowed to get it.
Reparative therapy, sometimes referred to as “praying away the gay,” has been proven ineffective and harmful. But when questioned about a bill to ban the practice in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie stumbled.
The head of Exodus International, an umbrella group for ex-gay ministries around the world, recently said that conversion therapy does not work and that there is, in fact, no “cure” for homosexuality. While this seems like a step in the right direction, the organization still says that any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is wrong. So, now what?
A number of recent articles have called into question the practices at Bachmann & Associates, the clinic run by the husband of Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. Yet the congresswoman refuses to answer as to whether her husband practices conversion therapy.