Monday, November 28, 2016

It Has Started

We knew there was going to be a rash of anti-LGBT legislation coming out of Congress and now a state legislator is introducing a bill aimed at blocking any congressional bills supporting conversion therapy.
A bill banning ‘gay cure’ conversion therapy has been proposed under Mike Pence’s name
Pink News UK
By Meka Beresford
26th November 2016

A lawmaker in the US has introduced a law which intended to ban conversion therapy under Mike Pence’s name.

Patrick Burke, a legislator for Erie County has a designed a bill titled the Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment, which is PENCE for short.

Currently just five states, including Washington D.C, prohibit the practice outright.

The bill challenges Pence’s views, as the vice president elect has been a long supporter of the damaging conversion therapy which aims to ‘cure’ people of homosexuality.

In 2000 he openly supported the practice of changing sexual orientation and gender identity of LGBT minors through conversion therapy.

The legislator is trying to raise awareness about Pence’s past of anti-LGBT views before he gets into the White House in January.
The opposition to the bill is using the same old argument, “We don’t have any here.”
Burke’s bill is due to be debated next year but has faced opposition on the grounds that conversion therapy isn’t practiced in Erie county.

Republican lawmaker Josep Lorigo said: “There has been no use of this technique anywhere in Erie County.

“I am 100 percent opposed to this brand of ‘therapy,’ but I am also opposed to attempting to legislate every single issue we can think of, especially a law banning something that has never actually happened in Erie County.”
I doubt that very much, I bet if they look they can find some. I know here in Connecticut they also said that but in reality I know of about five places that subscribe to Conversion Therapy.

Now is the time to start working on state legislatures to strong non-discrimination law that protect LGBT people that also in public accommodations.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We must raise awareness of Pence and his stand on Conversion Therapy. I say lets ban it in CT. I know that there is a movement underfoot in Dallas Tx. to ban Conversion Therapy. If places exist that do it then we can be sure that they do.

We must put nothing past this new regime which will be taking center stage in DC. I have never see so many phobic people in one place and they are very dangerous.

Richard