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FRC's Peter Sprigg to Testify before D.C. Council on Proposed Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council (FRC), will testify tomorrow (Friday, June 27) before the D.C. City Council in opposition to a bill that would forbid licensed counselors in the District from engaging in "sexual orientation change efforts" (SOCE) with minors.
Such bans have already been enacted in California and New Jersey, and are under challenge in federal courts. A number of other state legislatures have declined to act on similar bills.
Mr. Sprigg will argue that the sponsors' claims that such therapy is ineffective and harmful are not supported by research, and that evidence shows the sexual orientation of adolescents can be quite fluid.
When the hearing is over, Mr. Sprigg will join other opponents of the bill, including ex-gays who have benefited from such therapy, in a press conference outside the Wilson Building. He will be available for questioning at the press conference and by arrangement throughout the day.
Mr. Sprigg's paper on the subject, "Protect Client and Therapist Freedom of Choice Regarding Sexual Orientation Change Efforts," is available on the FRC website at:
WHO: Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, FRC
WHAT: Testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia's Committee on Health regarding Bill 20-501, "Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2013"
WHERE: Room 500, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004; Press Conference in front of Wilson Building to follow at conclusion of hearing
WHEN: 12 p.m. Eastern, Friday, June 27, 2014