Naturally, the gay lobby (We guess it's now the LGBT community, to encompass nearly every sexual and gender activity that is now socially acceptable. Will bestiality and pedophilia soon follow as the next misunderstood aberrations?) supports this announcement from President Obama. He is without question pandering to their agenda, which is to make sure that everyone with even the tiniest inkling of a gay thought in their head should be brought out of the closet and embraced with love and acceptance.
Acceptance being the key word, because conversion therapy is conducted when homosexuals can't accept themselves, often when they come from Christian families and desperately want to be free from same-sex desires.
All the psychological associations are in lock-step with Obama, calling conversion therapy dangerous and even deadly. This last is a reference to a female teen who killed herself after a disappointing course of conversion therapy which she undertook to reverse her desire to change her gender. These modern-day shrinks prefer to encourage a gay man to leave his wife and kids and follow his true self, rather than work on fulfilling his vows and being a father and role model to his children.
The American Medical Society, another group that rejects conversion therapy, supported Obamacare -- remember the embarrassing sea of white lab coats supplied for doctors at the ludicrous Rose Garden media event? Why should we even care what these medical groups say when they are motivated by societal norms -- and Christians are motivated by the Word of God?
One final note: Success stories for homosexuals who came out of the gay lifestyle through conversion therapy abound. They are moving stories of lives changed, families reunited, and redemption.
From Fox News
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy.
In a statement late Wednesday, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the administration supports banning so-called conversion therapy treatments for minors.
"We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth," Jarrett said. "The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm."
The White House is not explicitly calling for congressional legislation to ban the therapies nationwide. But Jarrett's statement highlighted states that have outlawed the practice and expressed hope that there will be broader action.
The White House says lawmakers in 18 states have introduced legislation similar to measures already in place in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., banning licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors.
The American Psychiatric Association has long opposed conversion therapy, which the organization says is based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
Alcorn, the Ohio teen whose death spurred the White House petition, had gained an online following through her Tumblr posts. She wrote about depression and isolation, lamented that her life would only get worse, and expressed frustration that her parents wanted her to be "their perfect little straight Christian boy." She said she was taken to "Christian therapists" who were "very biased."
Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, welcomed Obama's statement.
"Having President Obama and the weight of the White House behind efforts to ban conversion therapy is so critical in the fight for transgender and LGB young people," Keisling said in a statement. "My hope is that when a transgender person's struggle is acknowledged by one of the most recognizable figures in the world, it positively changes the way they view themselves. The pseudo-science that propels conversion therapy cannot match the self-acceptance that comes with this kind of change."