Miami-Dade commissioners have rejected proposals for a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors.
They say the law would take over the parent’s right to make decisions about a child’s mental health and matters of sexuality, reports the Miami Herald.
The decision follows hours of testimony from the public, ending with a 4 to 7 vote against Commissioner Sally Heyman’s ordinance.
Those calling for the proposal wanted the area to join a raft of local governments discrediting gay cure therapy.
However, critics say the ordinance was so broad that it could have criminalized parents and even pastors.
Speaking about the bill Commissioner Rebeca Sosa says, ‘In this case, my problem is with the rights of parents. If you make a decision about your children that, in the end, is wrong, that’s your responsibility … I think the government has to be respectful of that right.’
In contrast, those who voted for point to the consensus from medical groups who say telling children that being gay is a problem can cause harm.
What countries do ban the practice?
Malta has a ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy. The bill sets out steps for ‘doctors’ who attempts to the dangerous practice to be put in jail.
It is the first country in Europe to ban conversion therapy.
Earlier in 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a call to make ‘gay cure’ therapy illegal. The Department of Health said at the time that they had ‘already taken the necessary steps to prevent the practice of gay conversion therapy in the UK’.
However, there are also some areas of the US that ban ‘curing’ gay people.
The horrifying nature of gay cure therapy
Last year Gay Star News shared the story of Raymond Buys.
He was starved and tortured and even forced to eat his own feces.
We do not know how he did identify, but for being ‘effeminate’ he was left in chains.
In one witness testimony, a fellow victim said the course ‘General’ tied Buys to a chair naked with his head covered in a pillowcase, would beat him with planks and hosepipes, and would electrocute him with a stun gun.
This is an extreme, but very real, instance of ‘conversion therapy’.
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