October 31, 2013 at 10:20 am EDT | by Staff reports
New South Wales bill would ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy
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SYDNEY — The Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales passed a motion last week that if passed would outlaw reparative therapy for gays there, Gay Star News, a British News agency, reports.

Alex Greenwich, an openly gay member of Parliament (MP) for Sydney, introduced the motion which passed the New South Wales Lower House, one of the state’s two Parliamentary chambers.

“Embedded in its theory is the notion that homosexuality is somehow a disorder that can be ‘fixed’ and an immorality that must be healed. Many who have experienced reparative therapy develop psychological conditions including obsessive addictive behaviors, depression and suicidal ideation,” he was quoted as saying.

Greenwich will now refer the transcript of the debate to the Parliament’s Health Care Complaint Committee inquiry into the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices in the hope that it will recommend formal action against so-called “ex-gay” therapists, the Gay Star article said.

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