Kentucky lawmakers could ban ‘conversion’ therapy this year

A pair of anti-discrimination bills under consideration by the Kentucky legislature would outlaw the medically discredited practice of “conversion therapy” — religiously motivated counseling meant to “convert” gay people to heterosexuality.

While channelling two bills aimed at ending conversion therapy through a strongly Republican state legislature seems at odds with its religious convictions, it is even more amazing that the lead sponsor in the Kentucky Senate is Christian Republican Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr. Kerr is the mother of a gay son.

Being gay “can’t be fixed and it shouldn’t be fixed,” she said in an interview on ABC affiliate WHAS-TV. “We’ve got to understand that, wherever we come down on the issue of homosexuality, this bill is about banning conversion torture,” she added.

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist. He Is LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings' Vice President of Content and Executive Editor of lgbtqloyalty.com.

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