Friday, April 26, 2013

PA Senate Bill: Being Gay NOT A Disorder or a Disease

Today's legislative infobit is on a PA State Senate bill that was introduced today and referred to the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure committee.

SB 872 is a remarkable bill and instead of trying to adequately interpret it, I'm just pasting the first part of it:

Prohibiting mental health professionals from engaging in sexual
orientation change efforts with an individual under 18 years
of age.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
The act shall be known and may be cited as the Protection of
Minors from Sexual Orientation Change Counseling Act.
Section 2. Legislative findings.
The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
(1) Being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a disease,
disorder, illness, deficiency or shortcoming. The major
professional associations of mental health practitioners and
researchers in the United States have recognized this fact
for nearly 40 years.

If this bill is what it appears to be I sincerely hope it passes quickly and by a significant majority.  The bill was introduced by:  WILLIAMS, WASHINGTON, SCHWANK, FERLO AND LEACH

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