Home » News »

August 3, 2012 Print

Calif. Senator Says Bill’s Point is to ‘Attack Parental Rights’

by Karla Dial

As a controversial bill making it illegal for counselors to help minors struggling with same-sex attractions or behaviors makes its way through the California Legislature, the state senator who authored it recently explained his motivation to a newspaper.

“The attack on parental rights is exactly the whole point of the bill because we don’t want to let parents harm their children,” Sen. Ted Lieu, D-San Francisco, told The Orange County Register.

David Pickup, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, said the statement — which the senator’s press secretary confirmed to CitizenLink — eclipses the American Psychological Association, which does not ban any form of therapy.

“Sen. Lieu is a linchpin in terms of the voice of this agenda, but the agenda is not set within him. It’s within the gay-rights lobbyists and the political gay agenda, that’s really working through him, that’s convinced him they are absolutely right, to the exclusion of other people’s rights, so he’s championed their cause,” noted David Pickup, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles.

“For him to use this shallow reasoning and then say he’s going to attack parents’ rights is unprecedented.”

S.B. 1172 is scheduled for a vote in the General Assembly on Monday. If approved, it will go back to the Senate for a final vote.

Read California S.B. 1172.

Read the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality’s statement on S.B. 1172.

Read “The Right to Counseling for Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions: Talking Points.”