An annoying article in a Scottish paper warns that parents “face being forced to allow their children to learn about gay marriage” if the government approves a proposed marriage equality bill. Similar “warnings” about what schools might teach kids appear in anti-gay propaganda in the U.S. But schools already teach about LGB people and same-sex marriage whether they intend to or not, and this isn’t going to change.
Earlier posts at LGBT Youth Allies have commented on California’s new law banning so-called “reparative” therapy for minors, and on the litigation surrounding it. Here, I offer some brief criticisms of a federal judge’s conclusion, in a case called Welch v. Brown, that the law likely violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause.
Most of the recent press on LGBT issues has focused, understandably, on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear two cases involving same-sex marriage. But there’s more to say on a separate legal issue affecting LGBT people, and youth in particular—namely, the conflicting court rulings from two federal judges in California on the state’s new ban on “reparative” therapy for minors.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is again doing the world—and especially LGBT youth—a great service, this time by exposing to public view the twisted practices of anti-gay “therapy” groups that engage in so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy aimed at “curing” homosexuality.
The exposure comes in the form of a groundbreaking lawsuit by SPLC against a New Jersey organization that purports to make gay people straight. As the SPCL’s press release and legal complaint, an earlier post from this website, and other resources have made abundantly clear, there is no scientific basis for “conversion” therapy, and all mainstream medical and mental health groups have rejected its practice.