- "A federal appeals court sided with California
on Thursday and upheld the first law in the nation banning a
psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay [sic] youth straight [sic]. In a resounding, unanimous opinion, a
three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the
state law barring the so-called gay aversion therapy legal in every
respect.... New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a similar law that would also outlaw the therapy in his state.... Supporters of the therapy argued in court that the
state law violated the free speech rights of counselors; the law was so
poorly written that it left practitioners confused over determining the
legality of their treatment; and trampled on parental rights to make
mental health decisions for their children. In short, the proponents of
the therapy argued that the state law cut off a legitimate mental health
treatment. The law says therapists and counselors who practice
the therapy would be engaging in unprofessional conduct and subject to
discipline by state licensing boards."
As per the National Catholic Bioethics Center, "A persons sexual identity is not determined by one's subjective beliefs, desires, or feelings.... Psyco-therapy and loving acceptance...is the proper way to love them" (FAQ on Gender Identity Disorder and "Sex Change" Operations).
Will Archbishop Chaput, Bishop Persico, and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference have anything to say with regard to SB 872 and its Catholic co-sponsors from Philly and Erie?