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September 21, 2013

Gay rights push threatens free speech

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But the powerful gay rights movement wants to prevent counselors like myself from providing that grace and love to their brethren.

A homosexual might have various reasons for seeking to change. It might be their faith, family, or fear of contracting a life-threatening STD (homosexual males are astronomically more likely to contract AIDS than heterosexuals).

It doesn’t matter what the reason. They come to us for help. The compassionate response would be to … help them, not turn them away. But counselors’ fear of losing one’s state license will likely make it more difficult for young gays to find the help they need.

The gay rights folks say, with no supporting evidence, that young homosexuals who participate in counseling to “convert” them to heterosexuality are more likely to commit suicide. I would argue that suicide is more likely if persons feel hopelessness from not being able to change when they desperately want to. These laws will foster a sense of hopelessness and despair in many.

Unfortunately, helping the distressed, common sense, free speech rights, religious rights and parental rights are being swept aside in some states by what is essentially an ideology: the gay rights movement.

My hope is that reasonable leadership in our state government will prevent any similar law from becoming a reality in New York.

If it does, I hope that counselors of faith will do the right thing and help those who seek to change regardless of the law.

Jerry Kabat is a state-icensed Christian social worker who works in Otsego and Chenango counties.

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