Seattle City Council to Vote to Ban Same-Sex Attraction Therapy


The Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee of the Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a measure that would outlaw all therapy or counseling for minors that does not fully affirm their chosen sexual orientation.  The legislation is expected to be approved by the full Council at its August 1 meeting.

The therapy in question, often called sexual orientation conversion therapy, or conversion therapy, generally involves a licensed therapist or counselor working with a client who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction.  This move by the Seattle City Council would block parents and guardians from allowing their children to participate in this type of treatment.

Mayor Ed Murray stands in full support of the legislation.

Once adopted, the City of Seattle would levy fines of $1,000 on any licensed therapist caught offering any sort of counseling or therapy to children that doesn’t affirm their chosen lifestyle and sexuality.

With passage, the City of Seattle would join just three other cities in the country — Cincinnati, Ohio, Miami Beach, Florida, and Washington, D.C. — in efforts to remove the rights of parents to seek proper and appropriate treatment for their children.

Seattle residents and concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the Seattle City Council to share thoughts on why this ban would be harmful to children and to the promotion and benefit of healthy sexuality.  The public is also welcome to attend the Seattle City Council meeting on August 1st from 2-3pm.



Pierce County Council Attempting to Add Gender Identity to Protected Classes

Tuesday afternoon, November 24th at 3:00pm, the Pierce County Council in Tacoma will vote on Ordinance 2015-46, which would add “gender identity” to the list of protected classes in the county.

Though we are unsure why this piece of legislation is necessary due to its existence in statute at the state level, passage of this ordinance would be troubling, especially in light of the ongoing battles to allow people of any perceived genders into whichever restroom they happen to feel they identify with on any given day.
A call to the office of Councilmember Derek Young, the sponsor of the ordinance, went unanswered this morning.

If you live in the Pierce County area, we encourage you to attend the Council meeting today at 3:00pm.  The meeting will take place at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 1045, Tacoma, WA 98402.  More details, such as the meeting agenda and meeting location, can be found here.