Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Politically Motivated Bill to Ban Heterosexual-Affirming Therapy Bad for Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     
March 17, 2014                                                                                             

Kevin Petersen
Politically Motivated Bill to Ban Heterosexual-Affirming Therapy Bad for Minnesota
Pro Family Forum Urges Legislature to Put Clients’ and Parents’ Rights Over Politics
Minneapolis, MN -- Pro Family Forum strongly urges the Minnesota Legislature to reject politically motivated HF1906 and its companion SF 1727, which would take away the rights of parents and their minor children to seek out counseling from a licensed mental health provider to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). This legislation would ban mental health providers from helping minor clients who do not want to engage in homosexual behavior, even if the client’s SSA is a result of childhood sexual abuse.

“The children of Minnesota, and their parents, deserve the right to see a counselor who aligns with their values and goals, including those who have been sexually abused and seek to overcome unwanted SSA that results from molestation,” commented Kevin Peterson, former homosexual and life-long Minnesota resident. “Should HF 1906/SF 1727 become law, children who are molested and develop homosexual feelings as a result of that abuse will be denied access to highly qualified professional counselors who are trained on how to treat trauma and help clients resolve accompanying SSA. It is clear from multiple studies in the scientific peer-reviewed literature that same-sex attracted individuals are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than heterosexuals. In effect, this legislation will result in a child being raped twice – first by the perpetrator and then again by the political environment, which refuses to treat the child unless he sees a gay-affirming therapist.” 
To sign the petition and tell the Minnesota Legislature to vote NO for HF 1906/SF 1727, visit:
HF 1906/SF 1727 makes unfounded claims that heterosexual-affirming therapy is harmful and ineffective, while ignoring the reality that some minors who develop homosexual feelings have already been harmed by sexual abuse and will be unable to pursue help to overcome sexual confusion that may result from that molestation. It also fails to account that there have been no outcome-based studies published in the scientific peer-reviewed literature that have followed adolescents who have gone through sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy. On the contrary, a groundbreaking new book by Dr. James Phelan entitled: Successful Outcomes of Sexual Orientation Change Effort Therapy: An Annotated Bibliography cites 100 years of scientific research documenting success and showing that therapy has helped some clients resolve their unwanted SSA and experience heterosexual attractions. This bill also comes at the heels of three states that have recently rejected similar legislation.

“We are urging legislators in Minnesota to follow the lead of Virginia, Washington, and Maryland, who recently rejected this politically-motivated legislation, and say no to HF 1906 and SF 1727,” commented Petersen. “HF 1906/SF 1727 threatens clients’ constitutional rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and their first amendment rights to see a counselor who helps them resolve unwanted SSA while remaining faithful to their deeply held spiritual beliefs. All parents, children, and families in Minnesota deserve the right to pursue their own self-determination and should not be forced to choose between their counselor and their faith values. We are urging Minnesota Legislators to put the rights of innocent children, who do not have a voice, over this politically motivated legislation.”

To sign the petition and tell the Minnesota Legislature to vote NO on HF 1906/SF 1727, visit:

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