8/29/13: Ninth Circuit panel locks molested children into homosexuality


August 29, 2013 -- For Immediate Release

Ninth Circuit Panel Locks Molested Children into Homosexuality
Ruling to be appealed for "sake of these hurting children and the First Amendment."

Sacramento, California -- Today's opinion of a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court upholding SB 1172 must be overturned by higher courts as a violation of the First Amendment rights of parents and minors to seek and acquire professional counseling to overcome gender confusion, says a leading California family organization.

"This unconstitutional statute violates the free speech and freedom of religion of parents of gender-confused children and the professional counselors who want to help these minors," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, which promotes moral virtues for the common good. Thomasson was in the San Francisco courtroom for the April 17 hearing. "SB 1172 locks molested children into homosexuality by prohibiting them from receiving professional counseling to understand the source of their sexual confusion.This bad law should be struck down for the protection of precious First Amendment freedoms for the benefit of children who seek help to recover their natural gender identity."

"All who support free speech and the right to choose should oppose this draconian Democratic law robbing teenagers of self-determination and trampling parents' God-given rights to act in the best interests of their own children," Thomasson said. "Many children have benefited from professional counseling to help them overcome unwanted same-sex sexual or romantic desires, attractions, behaviors, mannerisms, or identity. For the sake of these hurting children and the First Amendment, the parents, their children, and their licensed counselors who are plaintiffs are appealing this unconstitutional ruling."

"The minors we represent do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior. They are greatly benefiting from this counseling. Their grades have gone up, their self-esteem has improved, and their relationships at home are much improved," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, who argued against SB 1172 in court. "Legislators and judges in the state of California have essentially barged into the private therapy rooms of victimized young people and told them that their confusion, caused by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky abuser, is normal and they should pursue their unwanted and dangerous same-sex sexual attractions and behavior, regardless of whether those minors desire their religious beliefs to trump their unwanted attractions."

See documented facts about homosexuality and help for those struggling at Not Born This Way.

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