BOSTON (WWLP) - State lawmakers want to ban so-called psychological therapies that aim to reverse homosexuality.
Medford state Representative Carl Sciortino is proposing legislation that outlaws licensed therapists from offering a so-called "cure" for homosexuality through therapy.
Representative Sciortino says there are currently licensed therapists in Massachusetts offering what they call gay conversion therapy. He says this is not a legitimate clinical practice, it is child abuse. But Sciortino is getting resistance from conservative family groups who claim that homosexuality can be reversed.
Mark Blogier, a licensed clinical social worker, told 22News, "I actually know some adults that have gone through it and it's been a very painful, shameful experience. People feel a lot of self-loathing as a result."
Brian Camenker from MassResistance said, "What they are doing is horrible, trying to keep families from seeking this kind of help, which has helped people, thousands of people, around the country."
The American Psychiatric Association has dismissed conversion therapy as a harmful practice and has asked practitioners to refrain from attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.
When 22News asked supporters and opponents of the bill whether they knew of anyone who actually practiced gay conversion therapy in Massachusetts, they could not name anyone.