The White House responded to an online petition calling for a ban on the controversial practice in honor of an Ohio teen who committed suicide in December.
Therapists who engage in the discredited practice appealed a lower court ruling upholding the state law to the Supreme Court, saying it infringes on their right to free speech. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the request on Monday without comment.
“Do they think they can take a straight person to a psychiatrist and turn them gay?” he said, according to Texas Public Radio.
“Being an LGBT young person isn’t an illness that needs to be cured.” Proponents hope the State Senate will approve the bill before session ends Thursday.
“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
The Texas Republican Party approved changes to its platform, including language that recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy” of therapy that aims to turn gay people straight.
“It is a right of self-determination that Gov. Christie has shut down,” Gallagher says of Christie’s decision to sign legislation banning therapy to aimed at changing a minor’s sexual orientation. Update: On Tuesday, Gallagher said that Monday’s statement was “released by staff error yesterday without my knowledge or approval.”
UPDATED: The new California law would ban therapists from engaging in therapy to “change” minors’ sexual orientation. One ruling puts the law on hold for three people who sued, but a second decision keeps the law in effect for others.
The legislation, signed overnight by California Gov. Jerry Brown, is the first of its kind in the country.