A ban on gay therapy in New York has been proposed in a bill introduced on Friday, modeled after the 2012 California law that first banned the service.
The bill seeks to ban licensed therapists from helping minors change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
"There are often challenges to any manner of legislation that is protecting of the LGBT community and you can't sit on your hands and wait until things get resolved somewhere else," said Sen. Deborah Glick, a New York Democrat who proposed the bill alongside fellow Democrat Sen. Michael Gianaris. more >>
The things we never outgrow.
A friend of mine, a teacher, has been telling me about her efforts to ready her third, fourth, and fifth grade students for a pint-size production of The Music Man. Things aren't going well.
As enthusiastic as the children were to put on the musical-as excited as they were about trying out for featured parts, putting on costumes, and practicing the dances-the bloom is off the rose, now that it all comes down to actually memorizing lines, hitting marks, and, especially, emoting. Several of the parts call for outsized performances, and some players are feeling self-conscious. more >>
The Family Research Council posted a video (see below) Thursday of building manager Leo Johnson thwarting the Aug. 15, 2012, attack by gunman Floyd Corkins. The video also shows an FBI interrogation of Corkins saying he chose FRC as a target after visiting the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The video first shows security camera footage of Corkins pulling out a gun from his backpack and pointing it at Johnson. Johnson quickly grabs the gun and the two men are seen struggling. Johnson was shot in the attack and spent over a week in a hospital.
Besides the gun, Corkins had 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. His plan was to kill everyone in the building and smear the sandwiches in their faces. more >>
A Texas honors student punished for saying that homosexuality was wrong has had his suspension rescinded after a meeting with the mother and her attorney.
The 14-year-old, Dakota Ary, from Western Hills High School of the Fort Worth Independent School District was initially given a suspension of one day in-school and two days full.
After hearing about the suspension the mother, Holly Pope, reached out to Matt Krause of the Liberty Counsel to be her son's legal representative. Matt Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post that he believed Western Hills High made the correct decision in reversing their course of action. more >>
On April 1, 2013 Dr. Phil aired a show titled: "Shocking Mom Revelations." As a part of this episode, he interviewed a mother whose daughter identified as a lesbian. During the episode, the mother shared about her disapproval of her daughter's "lifestyle choice" and expressed a desire for her daughter to see a counselor to get help in exploring her same-sex attraction.
In shockingly un-therapeutic fashion, Dr. Phil flat-out shut the mother's opinion down, along with her Christian values, in favor for the simple explanation that "this is who her daughter is" and she should just accept it. Below is an excerpt from the letter we sent:
Dear Dr. Phil, more >>
The Rhode Island Senate voted on Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, moving it closer to becoming the 10th U.S. state to make such a change to the definition of marriage.
The New York Times noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of including gay and lesbian couples in the definition of marriage by a seven to four vote. The bill, however, seeks to protect religious leaders who oppose such unions from being forced to officiate ceremonies. A secondary Senate vote is to follow on Wednesday, but gay rights supporters are confident that Rhode Island will be the latest New England state to make the switch.
"We think that when the vote is called, we can win," said Ray Sullivan, campaign director of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage. more >>