Gavin Newsom blasts GOP support of conversion therapy: ‘Really disgusts me’

Gavin Newsom has long fought for LGBTI equality.

California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is blasting the Republican Party for supporting controversial anti-gay conversion therapy as part of its official platform.

‘… The conversion therapy really disgusts me. It really offends me, and it should offend any right-minded person,’ Newsom says in a Facebook video.

‘People are born gay. They can’t help who they love. These are God’s children and to start talking about using shock therapy, to start talking about doing things to young people to change who they are, that’s about as low as it gets and we can’t stand for that.’

In May, Vermont joined California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati in banning the controversial practice for minors.

These laws are designed to protect youth from mental health providers attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. The practices are linked to substance abuse, extreme depression, and suicide.

The GOP platform states that parents should be free to make medical decisions about their children without interference.

‘For years the GOP denied that LGBT Americans even existed,’ Newsom says. ‘When they couldn’t do that anymore, they did everything they could to deny them their rights. And now, by supporting conversion therapy in their platform, they have finally admitted what we have suspected all along, they just want them to disappear.’

Newsom, who is running for governor of California in 2018, is a former San Francisco mayor and longtime LGBTI ally. It was he who back in 2004 who directed the San Francisco city–county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples which was a violation of state law at that time. The marriages were later annulled by the state’s supreme court.



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