Nebraska looks to ban controversial ‘gay therapy’ favored by Pence

Nebraska Sen. Megan Hunt is sponsor of legislation that would curtail so-called “gay-conversion therapy” in the state.

Does so-called “conversion therapy” turn gay men into straight men?

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence thinks so. He also believes homosexuals should get the therapy in keeping with what he calls Christian teaching. Legislation to make conversion therapy illegal for minors and to ban charging or advertising such therapy has drawn much interest in the Nebraska state capital in Lincoln. A hearing on the bill attracted an overflow crowd last week.

Figuring prominently was one brave soul who testified that conversion therapy — also known as exgay or reparative therapy — traumatized him as a teenager.  The man said he used to sneak out of the house twice a week to get therapy in hopes of changing from homosexual to heterosexual. Adam Witte of Omaha said he feared disappointing his religious parents and his church community.

Witte said he sought to change his sexual orientation in 1998 when he was only 16. Therapy included increasingly large doses of shock treatment that became so severe that he was knocked unconscious and awoke to find he had bitten off a piece of his tongue. He bled profusely, but his “same-sex” attraction had not changed a bit, he said.

Brady Cone, who opposes the legislative ban, said therapy changed him and that he is now “happily married.” He said thousands of people like him have benefited from conversion therapy.

Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha, who introduced the bill, said conversion therapy is ineffective and harmful, a stance widely held in medical circles these days. The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association all oppose conversion therapy.

Pence gained much attention back on the campaign trail for supporting the controversial therapy, which he believes “cures” homosexuality. Those who favor conversion therapy also cite a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech if it is banned.

Hunt said the practice stems from prejudice or a belief that homosexuality is abnormal. Indeed, one man at the hearing said God made two sexes — male and female — and that that was that.

According to Omaha television news station KETV-News, Witte eventually came out to his parents and received a warm reception instead of the outcry he’d expected. KETV also reported that Witte later said that he hopes no other Nebraskan has to endure what he did.

Backing Pence, known for his strong religious convictions, are many anti-gay Christian organizations even though many science-based groups say there is no evidence that conversion therapy is successful and that it can be harmful, as in Witte’s case. Many religious organizations support talk therapy.

The Omaha World-Herald cited a 2018 report from the UCLA School of Law that estimates 20,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth will undergo conversion therapy from licensed healthcare professionals before they reach the age of majority.

“Talk therapy is the most common technique used in conversion therapy currently, but some practitioners have also used various types of aversion therapy, such as induced vomiting or electric shocks,” the Herald reported.

All states allow conversion therapy, but 15 prohibit it for minors. A New Jersey court ruled that charging money for the practice constitutes fraud, regardless of the patient’s age.

Hunt pulled a companion bill that would have classified conversion therapy as child abuse.

5 thoughts on “Nebraska looks to ban controversial ‘gay therapy’ favored by Pence

    1. Funny how those same ChristoTalibans screamed how vile it was for Michelle Obama to go to a church service in a sleevless dress huh? But had no problem with Mel going to her first church service as “First Lady” dressed in a leather mini skirt, a see through blouse and come f me high heels huh?

      Funny how they proclaim how vile and evil lgbts are? But got no problem with the “First Lady” having posed naked in lesbian layouts.

      Or how they trashed the Obama girls for being at a place for swimming, while they were wearing shorts and a tank top and proclaimed how this was disgusting for First children to do.

      And they wonder why we call them hypocrites?

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  1. I wonder when they are going to start a Christian Pedophile Prevention Therapy?

    As a blogger? I have reported on? Over one hundred thousand Christian priests and pastors who have raped children. Some of these perverts? Have raped hundreds of children. Some have raped and brutalized handicapped children, deaf/mute children. One sick and twisted pastor? Raped a 13 yr old girl on her fathers grave after this pastor held his funeral services.

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  2. Ok let’s see if this will allow me to post the whole comment lol.

    I wonder when they are going to start a Christian Pedophile Prevention Therapy?

    As a blogger? I have reported on? Over one hundred thousand Christian priests and pastors who have raped children. Some of these perverts? Have raped hundreds of children. Some have raped and brutalized handicapped children, deaf/mute children. One sick and twisted pastor? Raped a 13 yr old girl on her fathers grave after this pastor held his funeral services.

    We have exposed pastors who have ran child sex trafficking groups.

    We just again? Exposed Pope Francis and the Vatican protecting perverted priests, laymen and a nun who were raping deaf/mute children. The first case exposed was at the Antonio Provolo Institute in Verona Italy. There? These degenerate priests were raping deaf/mute boys. And when it was exposed? The two worst? Were then shipped to the Antonio Provolo Institute in Mendoza Argentina, home of Pope Francis. There? They raped dozens upon dozens of deaf mute girls. And? When this got exposed? Pope Franko ripped at the victims, calling them liars and children of satan. He stood up and defended the Cardinal who was eventually convicted in a court of covering up these crimes. It was exposed that these children sent two letters and a video to Pope Francis, begging him to put a stop to what was happening. What did he do? He sent them a video wishing them a merry Christmas and how the church loves helping the deaf children.

    We have whole Christian cults busted for sex crimes against children including the Children of God, the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons, etc.

    But they do not care. Each and every day? A new report of dozens of these crimes are exposed about Christian priests, pastors, Christians who are school teachers, politicians, boy and girl scout troop leaders, cops, and others, all who proclaim themselves Christians? Busted for raping kids.

    On a more personal level? My adopted daughter? Was a victim for over 7 years of her Christian father raping her, with her Christian mother, aunts and uncles and even the whole church knowing what he was doing to her. But they defended him and called her a liar. When I came onto the scene? I damn well put a stop to it and got that scum sent to prison for 20 years and adopted the girl. Her mother and aunts and uncles should have gone to prison too.

    But hey, those lgbts are oh so evil, that we got to apply bs therapy sessions to save them from hell, but all those Christian priests, pastors and other Christians out there raping and torturing and brutalizing and sex trafficking children? How dare you call us out on that or speak out against it. Oh yeah and I keep forgetting too?

    Thousands of these victims? Have committed suicide because of what happened to them. And according to Christians? Because they did? They are now in hell for all eternity. While their Christian priests, pastors or others who raped them? Why they are forgiven and will go to heaven for all eternity.

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  3. Reblogged this on Atheist Militants Rising and commented:
    Interesting but I got to ask. When are the Christians going to do something about those hundreds of thousands of Christian priests, pastors, politicians, school teachers, boy and girl scout troop leaders, etc, all who proclaim themselves Christians, who have been busted for raping children or being parts of a child sex trafficking rings?

    They need to give full frontal lobotomies with a 50 cal desert eagle to these perverted pedo priests, pastors and other Christians who rape children as their therapy.

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