Hate Group Laments SCOTUS Decision to Pass on Conversion Therapy Petition
The anti-gay Liberty Counsel received a well deserved setback today when the U.S. Supreme Court passed on the Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group's petition regarding California ban on harmful gay conversion therapy for minors.
"I am deeply saddened for the families we represent and for the thousands of children that our professional clients counsel, many of whom developed these unwanted attractions because of abuse of a pedophile. The minors we represent do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "These children have been victimized twice - first by the likes of Jerry Sandusky, and second by legislators and judges who have essentially barged into their private therapy rooms and told them that they must pursue their unwanted and dangerous same-sex sexual attractions and behavior."
Staver further asserted his aim to continue to fight against conversion therapy bans.
"I can assure you the battle over change therapy is far from over. We will be back," concluded Staver.
Liberty Counsel is currently representing plaintiffs in a federal court of appeals case that is seeking to overturn New Jersey's ban on conversion therapy for minors.
According to Wikipedia, the American Psychiatric Association has condemned "psychiatric treatment, such as reparative or conversion therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the prior assumption that the patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation." It states that, "Ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals' sexual orientation."
It also states that political and moral debates over the integration of gays and lesbians into the mainstream of American society have obscured scientific data about changing sexual orientation "by calling into question the motives and even the character of individuals on both sides of the issue."