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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Homosexual Conversion Therapy Timely Topic in Pinoy TV Drama
Yesterday episode of My Husband's Lover touched the subject of Homosexual Conversion therapy. Elaine, mother of Vincent, the bisexual lead character in this drama went to see a psychiatrist with the hope of curing Vincent's homosexuality via counseling. The psychiatrist informed her that homosexuality is not a disease, thus it can not be cured. Homosexuals are normal persons.
Along the same subject Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey announced yesterday that he signed the law banning licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight.
"Government should tread carefully into this area," he said in the signing note, "and I do so here reluctantly."
Conversion therapy gained attention two years ago when former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was questioned over whether her husband's Christian counseling business provided services that attempted to change gays and lesbians. Bachmann's husband, Marcus, denied involvement in the therapy and the congresswoman dropped out of the presidential campaign in January 2012 after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.
Christie reiterated in his belief that people are born gay and homosexuality is not a sin, a position he first stated in a 2011 interview with CNN's Piers Morgan. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual acts are sins.
Christie said on "issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards," citing a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression, drug abuse and suicide.
California is the first state that has also banned homosexual conversion therapy.
Congratulations to GMA network on their attempt to portray this topic via the TV drama, My Husband's Lover. Will the Bishop Catholic Conference of the Philippines react to this?