President Obama seems to be backing legislation that would ban parents from having their children counseled to not be "LGBTQ+" according CNS News. I've got to wonder what the plus sign means. I've also got to wonder if any legislation (yes, we still have to have legislation to make laws despite what President "phone and a pen" thinks) would fine or penalize parents or counselors or both.
President Barack Obama, through a statement posted Wednesday night on the White House website by adviser Valerie Jarrett, backed legislation that would ban parents from having their children counseled not to be what Jarrett called "LGBTQ+".And we as a nation care what Valerie Jarrett thinks is a disservice to our children.
“As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors,” Jarrett said in the White House statement.
“Conversion therapy generally refers to any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” said the statement. “Often, this practice is used on minors, who lack the legal authority to make their own medical and mental health decisions. We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth.”
Jarrett conceded in her statement that an act of Congress would be needed to pass a national law that prohibited parents from having their children be counselled to be heterosexual rather than what she called “LGBTQ+."
“While a national ban would require congressional action, we are hopeful that the clarity of the evidence combined with the actions taken by these states will lead to broader action that this Administration would support,” Jarrett said.
She suggested that parents disserve their children when they do not accept them as “LGTQ+.”
I've got to wonder if there would be fines or penalties for counselors and parents who might encourage children to be LGBTQ.