March 31, 2017
When FRC's Peter Sprigg speaks, legislators listen! A month after delivering some of the best testimony in the sexual reorientation therapy debate, the New Hampshire House killed a bill to outlaw the counseling for young people. By a 13-8 vote, the state's Health, Human Services, and Elder Affairs Committee sent LGBT activists packing after an intense effort to ban the voluntary therapy. "On numerous occasions," said state Rep. Mark Pearson (R), who helped found the New Creation Healing Center, "young people have wished to explore with our counselors or senior medical personnel various sexual and romantic feelings. Had this bill passed, such helpful discussions would have subjected our professionals to discipline by their respective state licensing boards."
In the end, legislators agreed that the measure would have severely limited parents' rights and, just as importantly, deprived kids of the help they earnestly want. As Peter pointed out at the time, the attacks on this kind of counseling usually have nothing to do with their effectiveness and everything to do with politics. Thank goodness that in New Hampshire, common sense -- not political correctness -- prevailed! (To read Peter's full testimony, click here.)
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.