In California and New Jersey, lawmakers, gay-rights advocates, therapists, and religious organizations are fighting over the future of a controversial therapy that purports to "cure" gay people by making them straight. The debate is the latest iteration of a longstanding culture war over whether being gay is a choice, and groups on both sides said they expect the clash to soon expand to other states. New Jersey and California lawmakers who support banning the therapy said laws would protect children from a practice that is both ineffective and harmful. Last weekend, California became the first state to prohibit licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of patients under age Jerry Brown D after signing the legislation.
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It is currently illegal to even be gay in 37 of the 53 nations that are part of the British Commonwealth. In Europe, the only country to have completely banned the practice so far is Malta, which made conversion therapy illegal in Earlier this year the European Parliament took a stance against conversion therapies for the first time. Most of those states are located on the east or west coasts of the country. However, a number of states are now moving to outlaw the practice. In May this year, leaders of the states of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory said they planned to pass legislation banning the treatment.
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The president of the country's best-known Christian ministry dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer is trying to distance the group from the idea that gay people's sexual orientation can be permanently changed or "cured. That's a significant shift for Exodus International, the year-old Orlando-based group that boasts member ministries around the U. For decades, it has offered to help conflicted Christians rid themselves of unwanted homosexual inclinations through counseling and prayer, infuriating gay rights activists in the process. This week, Exodus ministers and followers are gathering for the group's annual conference, held this year in a Minneapolis suburb.
By Joseph Laws For Mailonline. Senior Church of England bishops will start an inquiry into 'gay cure' therapies. Bishops will take evidence from people who have gone through the so-called 'treatments' to turn people from gay to straight.