- - Monday, May 25, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

U.S. Reps. Ted W. Lieu and Jackie Speier, both California Democrats, are behind a House bill that would ban so-called gay “conversion therapy.” They claim being homosexual is not a disorder (“Gay-conversion therapy ban to be introduced in House,” Web, May 18). Wow. How can they say that homosexuality is not a disorder when it’s obvious that a homosexual mind (or orientation) in a heterosexual body is a mind-body mismatch, just as a female mind in a male body and a male mind in a female body are mismatches?

How can they say homosexuality is not a disorder when it’s a well-known fact that childhood sexual abuse can contribute to homosexual orientations in adults? Scientists have thus far connected about 300 disorders or diseases (e.g., breast cancer) to genes. If there is a so-called “gay gene” and no one has found it in humans yet, reasonable people can consider such a gene to be disordered or defective.

The opposition to this “therapy” is based on a clearly absurd position — that homosexuality is not a disorder. It is also anti-choice, seeking to deprive those who want to try to change their homosexual orientation. It’s just another bizarre stance taken by pro-homosexual people.

WAYNE LELA

Downers Grove, Ill.

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