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Is same-sex attraction beyond question or criticism?

The Supreme Court in Washington DC is seen at sunset. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

California’s radical state legislature is debating a law that would punish any professionals who work to help patients overcome same-sex attraction.

Assembly Bill 2943 strictly prohibits “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation” or efforts  “to “reduce sexual…feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” In other words, a therapist can try to help a married man stop flirting with pretty women at work, but if he helps that same patient overcome attractions to handsome young men at work, then he’ll be punished.

This misguided bill tramples on freedom of speech and liberty of religious expression, while restricting options for people grappling with painful, personal problems. While organizations and practitioners can challenge the institution of marriage all they want, homosexuality would be protected from question or criticism. This is a bad bill that deserves decisive defeat.

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