Sexual-orientation therapy sparks state debate

Plattsburgh Press-Republican, April 26, 2017

“The loudest opposition to the [Counselor Coercion Bill] is coming from a Christian conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms… Its legislative director, Stephen Hayford, called the proposal ‘an issue of censorship… The state would be reaching into a counselor’s office and dictating what can be said and what cannot be said [during therapy sessions].’ [Hayford] insisted that New York parents should have the right to guide their youngsters into such therapy ‘regardless of whether it is popular with New York City liberals… [E]vangelical Christian families, Orthodox Jewish families, Muslim families and Roman Catholic families approach this issue of sexuality differently, and our families should be able to receive quality mental-health care in the delicate matter of same-sex attraction in youth…’”

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