In California now, efforts to ban a form of psychotherapy that claims it can make gay teens straight is now in the state’s Senate. Supporters say the treatments don’t work and can cause harm. Conservative religious groups say the ban interferes with parents’ rights.
State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote the bill and American Prospect’s Gabriel Arana underwent this sort of therapy in 1998 in California. Arana says, it did not change his sexual orientation, and in fact he’s now married to his same-sex partner.