Tuesday, October 02, 2012

CA governor signs ban on reparative therapy for minors into law

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a state law banning reparative therapy on homosexuals under 18.  It is the first such law in the nation, and the governor referred to the practice as “quackery.”

A few groups plan to challenge the law under First Amendment grounds. These include the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the Pacific Justice Institute.  David Pickup, from this group, is interviewed here on CNN.

Spokespeople for one of the groups referred to the idea of “heterosexual potential.”  The motive for parents seeking such therapy for their kids could likely be related to wanting to "guarantee" themselves a lineage.

It strikes me that an underlying “argument” against accepting gay equality (or even permitting homosexual behavior at all a half century ago) would be a belief (in a society’s controlling “power structure”) that it can maximize the participation of any generation turning into adulthood in forming opposite-sex parents having children.  In other words, participation in providing the next generation in an “optimal manner” is seen as a moral requirement.  Of course, this argument sounds like a canard, but that is what many arguments against “gay equality” ultimately seem to imply.

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