Legislature Votes Correctly Against Youth Conversion Therapy

We commend the state Legislature for its overwhelming vote in support of a ban on conversion therapy. This is about genetics; conversion therapy doesn't work and needed to be banned.

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  • Peter T. Szymonik

    Our legislators are hard at work tackling the “tough” issues again. In support of what Sen. Suzio and Sen. McMachlan stated during the public hearing – why did this state need this bill and legislation? And a bill no one has any right or cause to argue against? Our legislators are once again diving into medical issues which the state has no right or authority to be involved in. Wasting taxpayer dollar and time passing feel good legislation to deflect attention from their lack of attention on serious issues. The serious problems at DCF and in our state’s brokenn and inherently corrupt family courts. Both of whom also routinely force medical treatments on parents and children in direct violation of fundamental civil liberty and Constitutional rights. Why aren’t our legislators passing legislation to protect us from these institution’s unconstitutional FORCED medical treatments? As someone on social media quipped – why do we need laws banning someone no one wants anyway and which the medical community does not even recognize as a valid treatment? What’s next … legislators patting themselves on the back as Gov. Malloy signs legislation banning beheadings in this state? Why is there no focus whatsoever on actual protections people in this state need? Protections from family court judges forcing treatments and therapy on parents which parents do want, need, and which the mental health care and healthcare industries also do not recognize as valid treatments. Why is there no focus on forcing parents to interact with their abusive exes and as criteria to see their children? Why no focus on banning the practice of Guardian ad Litems playing God with parent’s children? Why no focus on attorneys unlawfully making medical and educational decision for children in direct violation of every known civil and parental right under the Constitution as upheld by every ruling of the SCOTUS going back 150 years? This would be helpful. Why isn’t the legal community rallying around this cause? Not deemed important because there is money to be made? As one other commentator comically noted: Now I have another reason to leave the state… to get my conversion therapy…

  • Hector Morera

    I agree with your position that LGBT conversion therapy is wrong given the limited knowledge I have on the issue. However, it‘s extremely sad that the CT Law Tribuee stays silent on another form of coversion therapy that takes place everyday. Misuse of so-called mental health professionals in family court to cover up and/or facilitate Parental Alienation, which is essentially another form of conversion, the conversion of loving child into a hateful child occurs every day in our family courts. And sadly, similarly, many mental health professionals call PA wrong and a form of child abuse. The CT Family Bar even put this matter on their agenda and asked the Legislature NOT to take up PA legislation. Shame on them !!! The AAML (comprised of lawyers just like you) in a relatively recent (only a few years ago) article stated that standards for so-called mental health professionals in Family Court are NOT upheld. Imagine being a so-called professional and getting away with NOT following standards. Professionals get successfully sued every day for not following appropriate standards and causing damage to individuals, but not family court mental health professionals who appear to collude with certain lawyers for apparent financial gain. It is sad for our world that politcal expediency dictates what is right and what is wrong, not a higher moral ground. So thank you Ct Law Tribune for a taking a stance on this issue but shame on you for tacitly supporting, with your silence on the matter, an equally devatating issue of essentially similar nature.

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