A new Minnesota legislator is renewing a push to ban a controversial practice aimed at trying to change the sexual orientation of gay people. The practice, labeled gay conversion therapy, has been prohibited by 14 states and a number of cities in recent years. His legislation goes beyond bills in some other states, which focused on conversion therapy targeting minors or offered by licensed professionals, by targeting anyone offering the services.
That policy, which bans gay and bisexual men who have had sex with other men within the past year from donating blood, has been criticised as unnecessary in terms of modern scientific testing for blood-borne sexually transmitted diseases like HIV — modern tests can find the virus in the bloodstream within two weeks. In response, seven campaigns responded that their candidates believe the one-year ban enforced by the US Food and Drug Administration is outdated, and needs to be replaced. He noted that reforms appear to be underway at the FDA — where a new testing standard is reportedly being worked on — but said that the comments from presidential candidates shows that progress is being made in good time.
Before signaling his support, Republican Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, affirming his belief that House Billwhich bans the discredited and harmful therapy, does not infringe upon freedom of speech or religion. HB does not affect the practice and use of religious teachings that may oppose homosexuality, and does not bar the expression of negative counsel about gays, bisexuals and transgender people -- it merely stops professionals from offering therapy designed to change orientation or identity.
The Church of England and the Church in Wales have expressed their "complete shock" at the government's plan to ban them from offering same-sex marriagesclaiming they were not consulted over the proposed legislation, which would make them the only religious organisations to be legally barred from conducting the ceremonies. On Tuesday the culture secretary and equalities minister, Maria Milleroffered a comprehensive guarantee that neither church would have to marry same-sex couples. Although the move was intended to reassure Tory MPs who are threatening a rebellion over the proposals, it was greeted with dismay by senior figures in both churches, who said they knew nothing of the legal plans until Miller made her statement to the Commons.
When he was about 10, he realized he liked other boys. So Baudler, who grew up in a conservative church in Iowa, made himself a promise: If he made it to 20 and still felt the same way, he was going to kill himself. At 15, he was found to have a malignant brain tumor and was given days to live.
Jump to navigation. CNBC co-anchor Simon Hobbs was part of a panel on a show discussing that there are CEOs at top American companies who are gay but have not publicly spoken about their sexual preferences. Stewart, who is openly gay, said he had spoken to many CEOs, whom he knew were gay, but who were not willing to go on record about their experience.
NEW YORK — Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains inthanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. Leaders of a national campaign to ban the practice are hopeful that at least four more states — Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and New York — will join the ranks in the upcoming legislative sessions. Brinton recalls being bound to a table by the therapist for applications of ice, heat and electricity.
Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were in tears, while others vented their anger when, midway through the session, delegates defeated a proposal that would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies. Opponents unsuccessfully sought to weaken the plan with hostile amendments or to prolong the debate past a mandatory adjournment time set to accommodate a monster truck rally in the arena. About 43 percent of the delegates were from abroad, mostly from Africa, and overwhelmingly supported the LGBT bans.