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Same-sex behaviors, attractions and orientations “are normal and positive experiences” and therapeutic interventions should be aimed at “helping clients come to terms with their sexual orientation,” instead of seeking to change them, said Gaylesta: LGBT Psychotherapy Association, which is also a co-sponsor of the bill with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and Mental Health America of Northern California.

Passage of Mr. Lieu’s bill would be “a tragic blow to parental rights,” said the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, which represents mental-health professionals who assist people with unwanted same-sex attractions.

A “truly scientific approach” would be to have more and better research about change therapies instead of “a ban that runs roughshod over professional judgment and parental choice,” said psychologist Christopher Rosik, president of the association.

“We are one giant step closer to seeing one of the most chilling suppressions of speech yet in the never-ending LGBT push to silence opposition,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “This is clearly no longer about civil rights - it is about eradicating traditional viewpoints.”