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Focus on the Family Defends Debunked 'Ex-Gay Therapy' for Children (Video)

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Focus on the Family's political arm, Citizen Link, recently claimed that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) was "taking away freedoms" by banning ex-gay therapy for children.

Gov. Christie banned the discredited "reparative therapy," in which licensed therapists try to make minors straight, on August 19, noted the Associated Press.

On a recent Citizen Link webcast (video below), host Stuart Shepard claimed that Governor Christie "signed a bill into law that's all about gay activism taking away personal freedom."

Citizen Link's director Tom Minnery added: "There is no social science evidence that such [therapy] is harmful."

Minnery also claimed that gay minors are on a "road of confusion" because they have same sex attraction and "probably need a whole lot of help from psychologists, counselors, from pastors perhaps."

"Change therapies for unwanted same-sex sexual expression are common and there is a history of them working well. Many people have lost their confusion about sexuality as a result of them," said Minnery.

However, the major medical associations say just the opposite.

The American Psychological Association states on its website:

To date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation (sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy) is safe or effective. Furthermore, it seems likely that the promotion of change therapies reinforces stereotypes and contributes to a negative climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.

The American Psychiatric Association adds:

The American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder, or based upon a prior assumption that the patient should change his/ her homosexual orientation.

The American Medical Association declared that it:

Opposes the use of "reparative" or "conversion" therapy that is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her homosexual orientation.

Sources: APA.org, Psychiatry.org, AMA-ASSN.org, Citizen Link, Associated Press

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