By Associated Press • 

Oregon House approves bill banning gay conversion therapy

SALEM - The Oregon House voted Tuesday to outlaw a therapy that purports to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, with several lawmakers arguing the practice has been discredited and can cause irreparable mental and emotional damage.

The bill would make it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals such as psychologists or psychiatrists to practice what's called conversion therapy on children younger than 18. The bill is backed by Basic Rights Oregon, a gay and transgender advocacy group.

Proponents of the measure said the therapy can lead to anxiety, depression and destructive behaviors in children. Groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have also come out against the therapy.

“Conversion therapy itself can cause incredible emotional and mental trauma to people, particularly young people in the process of coming to terms with their sexual identities,” said Rep. Knute Buehler, a Bend Republican who voted for the measure.

It would not prohibit counseling for a minor considering a gender transition, and it wouldn't curtail rights to free speech or religious expression, said Rep. Rob Nosse, a Portland Democrat.

Other lawmakers said they thought the bill should include an “opt-in” option for youths who want to pursue the treatment.

“It's a normal, common practice that when people come in they can request from their therapist what sort of therapy they want to receive. I felt like there should be some sort of opt-in option for youth and empower them in that client-centered therapy,” said Rep. Duane Stark, a Republican from Grants Pass who voted against the proposal.

The measure passed 41-18 and goes to the Senate.

Laws banning the therapy are on the books in New Jersey and California, and advocates say bills have been introduced in about two dozen more states. The District of Columbia recently approved a similar measure.

Federal appeals courts have upheld the New Jersey and California laws.


David Bates

Rep. Knute Buehler (a Republican) summarizes the issue about as succinctly as anyone: "Conversion therapy itself can cause incredible emotional and mental trauma to people, particularly young people in the process of coming to terms with their sexual identities." Does Yamhill County's Jim Weidner disagree with those sentiments, or is there another reason he opposed the bill?


David, why not email him and ask?


Rep. Buehler is spot on. Unfortunately, many of the faithful are still convinced that being gay is nothing more than a lifestyle choice, and is a sin against all that is holy. Any measure that would limit the ability of professionals to counter that choice is unacceptable, and leads down the slippery slope of accommodation to the ultimate debauchery of our civilization. I do not know if Rep. Weidner would admit this, but I suspect the reasoning behind his vote conforms to this view.


Secularism aside, there are a great many non-secularist/non believers that view homosexuality as a lifestyle choice as well. A choice made much earlier younger age for some, more than others.

This is no more of a settled science than the art of psychiatry is, has been or can ever hope be. Just my opinion, not that my opinion matters.


n/a hit the nail on the head. Ask him.
Or you could go to and starting at 1:05:26 listen to Weidner and others explain it for themselves, in Public and on the Public Record.

Sal Peralta

Jim Weidner basically said that he opposes the bill because people who go to certain counselors go for specific kinds of treatment, and that it should be up to the industry to decide what is and is not appropriate. Of course, nothing in this bill would prevent an adult from receiving conversion therapy. Instead, it bars the use of conversion therapy on minors who cannot legally consent. It's a ridiculous argument, of course, since the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association oppose conversion therapy, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics, As usual, Knute Buehler nails it.


Japanese scientists have discovered a way to create imitation 'beef' from human fecal matter. That puts them just one step away from creating human life, ie. birth made possible via the male rectum.


Butt, don't just take my word for it.
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