Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky state legislature is considering a bill banning conversion therapy. This is a controversial technique where counselors employ abusive practices to force change on those struggling with various sexual orientations. The bills prohibit state licensed therapists from counseling minors from changing their sexual orientation. It would also ban public funding to any organization that counsels minors to turn from homosexuality. The extreme therapy techniques are undignifying. However, if the bill passes, it threatens to punish those who counsel change—even respectful, dignity-affirming counseling. The legislation ignores kids who are unhappy with their sexual orientation and desire change. A wholesale ban implies that nobody could benefit from counseling based on Biblical principles and prayer to find spiritual freedom from unwanted sexual attractions and desires.