The Next Right Wing Freakout Looms: Obama to Call for Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay/Transgender Youth
President Obama may have originally been opposed to same sex marriage, but he’s now making it clear he’s not going to take the nonsense being peddled by homophobes any more: Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth.
In a statement to be posted on Wednesday evening alongside a whitehouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama will condemn the psychiatric practice, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors. The petition has received more than 120,000 signatures in three months.
“We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth,” the statement, written by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, says, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times. “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”
So much for Obama’s “lame duck” second term.