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Group Fights Bill to Declare Gay Conversion Therapy a Fraud

Group Fights Bill to Declare Gay Conversion Therapy a Fraud

Opponents of a California bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice gather at a rally outside the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Sophia Bollag)

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:50 PM

A California bill that would declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice is being fought by hundreds of people who said Tuesday the legislation could infringe on their religious freedom.

"I did not want to be gay," said Jim Doman, a pastor who claims the therapy helped him to marry his wife and have children. He spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, along with more than 350 people opposing the legislation. "Please do not take away professional help programs that have helped people like me."

The bill aims to ban selling or advertising sexual orientation change therapy.

Supporters of the bill authored by Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat, say it's an ineffective and harmful practice. The bill has already passed the Assembly.

"Conversion therapy is psychological torture," said Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat who is gay. "There are people who want to erase people like me. . . It is shocking in some ways that in 2018 this is still happening."

Opponents gathered for a rally outside the Capitol ahead of the hearing argued the bill.

Low, who heads the Assembly's LGBT caucus, said the bill does not harm freedom of speech or religion because it applies only to commercial practices or financial transactions.

He updated the bill's language since it passed the Assembly to more clearly state it applies to selling services rather than engaging in the practice.

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A California bill that would declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice is being fought by hundreds of people who said Tuesday the legislation could infringe on their religious freedom.
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