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NY’s Gov. Cuomo prepares to ban therapy for youth with unwanted same-sex attraction

Dustin Siggins

(LifeSiteNews) – Insurance coverage for reparative therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions is about to become illegal in New York State.

However, attempts to change gender are encouraged, according to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said, “We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,” continued New York’s ostensibly Catholic governor. “New York has been at the forefront of acceptance and equality for the LGBT community for decades – and today we are continuing that legacy and leading by example. We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

Those comments echo Cuomo’s words from two years ago, when he said pro-life and pro-marriage advocates are “extreme” and “have no place in the state of New York.”

Cuomo’s regulations disallow coverage of reparative therapy by insurers and Medicaid. Mental health facilities are likewise banned from treating minors with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions.

Often inaccurately derided as “conversion therapy” by the LGBT movement and its allies, reparative therapy does not attempt to change teenagers, said ex-gay activist and reparative therapy expert Christopher Doyle in a 2015 press statement responding to President Obama’s support for bans on reparative therapy.

“Youth that seek therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity conflicts believe there are specific causes for their attractions, such as sexual abuse, and this therapy helps them resolve those causes and the desires that are a consequence,” said Doyle. “Counselors are not converting gay youth – they’re actually affirming their clients’ desires to live a heterosexual life. These laws would be a grave disservice to young people who wish to access counseling from licensed mental health care providers. No government intervention should seek to hinder this sincere desire for help.”

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It is an outrage to ban therapy for UNWANTED confusion. Who do these people think they are? They should sue.

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February 23, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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