The push by Democrat lawmakers to discriminate against people seeking help to leave homosexual lifestyles just went national. Their message: If you don’t want to be gay anymore, well that’s just too bad.
In another example of lawmakers actually creating an environment of intolerance while trying to legislate tolerance, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution in Congress this week, cosponsored by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.), to discourage and discriminate against young people seeking help with homosexual attraction. Her effort follows a recent state effort in California, the first in the nation, which prevents young people from receiving counseling or therapy to deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, even if expressly desired by the youths. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, that law is currently being challenged in court.
Rep. Speier believes that “any effort to change sexual orientation is not medicine, it’s quackery,” and that such efforts are “harmful and abusive.” While there are reports that some minors have been forced to undergo sexual orientation therapy against their will, that doesn’t mean the government should punish those actively seeking help.
Let’s forget for a moment that thousands of men and women have chosen to leave their homosexuality behind, and that many sought help when choosing to do so. Let’s also put aside that the California law and the resolution introduced by Rep. Speier puts politicians directly between patients and the care they are seeking from doctors.
What these lawmakers are really doing is creating a climate of discrimination towards religious beliefs and forcing an acceptance of homosexuality on young people.