June 9th, 2014
11:35 PM ET

What is reparative therapy?

Over the weekend, the Texas Republican Party endorsed the controversial practice of reparative therapy. It purports to turn gay people straight, and it has been debunked and condemned by the American Psychological Association, along with other leading health organizations. Randi Kaye got an up close look at the harmful impact reparative therapy could have on patients.

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  1. twbdb

    I agree, I believe it futile to debate human sexuality and its orientation on as yet unfounded scientific ground. We should center this debate on whether or not we consider it appropriate for a free society to set a social standard on the human relationships of consenting adults in the first place. I’m gay and I find many heterosexual relationships to be disgusting and immoral in one way or the other; unhealthy to family and the rearing of children. Does this mean I should campaign to deny them civil liberty?
    On the other hand, I see gay relationships which are quite healthy; thriving individuals supported by one another, contributing to family and society emotionally and financially; bringing stability to those with whom they interact. Do we then still marginalize these wonderful people and deny them their civil liberty, their pursuit of happiness?
    I think not in either case. But if we are to speculate on evolution, let’s do that. We’ve all watched those nature shows, consider that in nature social species most often select procreative subgroups; and other subgroups which do not procreate but support the social structure. These are typically enormously successful species – ants, wolves, elephants, and our own primate limb on the evolutionary tree. In this respect, perhaps we should consider the message this natural selection is sending mankind. Perhaps, gay people are here for a reason, important to our survival as a species.

    June 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
  2. davidpun

    I can fully understand why gay people want to have their rights established and respected. But how gays integrate into society is a social issue. I get irritated when I constantly read that there is scientific work done establishing that homosexuality is simply a natural variant of heterosexuality. There may be opinions by scientists in various groups that have agendas one way or the other, but I can assure you there is no scientific research that would answer this type of question one way or another. These are opinions, not established scientific results. At present, science does not have the vaguest clue as to what causes homosexuality. Is it geneitic, epigentic, psychological, social influence etc etc? So it has no way to determine whether it is the result of a mutation or a simple natural variant. At present all we can say is that sexuality is an aspect of living creatures that has been selected by evolution.....and sorry gays, but it is difficult to show that evolution could select for a condition which by its definition eliminates the possibility of procreation. So to be honest, that alone suggests that it is a deviant mutation, not a naturally selected variant. But then neither is using contraception, cutting your hair or driving your car.
    So at the end of the day, we don't judge human beings by abstract scientific criteria. We judge them by social standards.

    June 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm |

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