U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Dangerous Gay Conversion Therapy

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Declining a challenge to New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy, the Supreme Court agreed with the ruling of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In other words, the Supreme Court, which consists of right-wing religious zealots like Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, says conversion therapy is dangerous and doesn’t place an undue burden on people’s religious freedoms. The Circuit Court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked any standing to pursue claims on behalf of their clients, most of whom are children. The lower court ruling only applies to people under 18, and doesn’t affect the rights of unlicensed private counselors.

The plaintiffs who brought the forth the case were National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Shocker.

I’m guessing the quack “Christian” therapists were expecting smooth sailing with the conservative court, but neglected to realize the Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging California’s ban in 2014. Conservatives never seem to learn from the past.

I’m glad to see the Supreme Court is catching up to 1973, when the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Now if only they can recognize women’s right to access birth control.

The White House recently took a stand against the dangers of conversion therapy in a response to a We the People petition, saying:

“The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm. As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

Nothing brightens my day more than when dangerous right-wing homophobes get a smack down from the nation’s highest court. Hopefully we will see more of this in June with the same-sex marriage case.

Good for the Supreme Court, and good for Chris Christie for signing the ban into law. Give credit where credit is due.


Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info


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