HB1789 bans Sexual Orientation Therapy, dilutes parental rights, prevents counselors and clergy from advising minors, even with parental consent on gender confusion issues.
HB1789 will affect the people of Hawaii in the following ways:
- Parental rights: The bill dilutes parental rights by removing a treatment option that a parent might elect for their minor.
- Professional discretion: HB1789 will prohibit highly-trained professionals from exercising their best professional discretion in the application of “sexual orientation change efforts”.
- Medical accuracy: HB1789 will prevent the use of medically accurate information to advise minors.
- Clergy: Clergy, who provide therapy in their capacity, would be prohibited from giving advice that is consistent with the religious values of the parent and or the minor.
- Unequal Protection: While HB1789 is intended to prevent specific therapy to convert a homosexual minor, it does not prevent a heterosexual minor from having their sexual orientation from being changed.
For more specific details regarding the points listed above, please read the suggested testimony accompanying this primer. These arguments were selected because they are the most persuasive options to prevent HB1789 from advancing. Remember that religious arguments do not persuade secular individuals.
Written Testimony Deadline: 2:00PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014
Oral Testimony: 2:00PM on Monday, January 27, 2014