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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

5 responses to “Conversion therapy ban passes RI House 69-0”

  1. Randall Rose

    The “conversion therapy” ban was revised some before it passed the House. It no longer completely bans adults from paying therapists to counsel them in trying to convert from cis to trans, straight to gay, etc., but almost all of the ban on conversion therapy for kids remains intact.

    Here’s the version that the House passed:

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    1. walt48

      There were minor changes to the bill, but in neither version did the ban affect adult choosing to subject themselves to this idiotic “therapy.” The bill only ever dealt with banning Conversion therapy for minors and prohibiting licensed RI therapists from using it.

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  2. jodi

    Do the abstaining reps explain themselves??????

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    1. Randall Rose

      Some of the abstainers may have just been absent when the vote was taken. Rep. Newberry and Rep. Marshall missed all 12 votes that day. Rep. Coughlin missed both the conversion-therapy vote and the next vote, though he took part in the previous vote as well as later ones that day. However, no one else abstained on any of the other votes that day. So it looks likely that a number of the abstaining reps preferred not to take part in that vote.

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  3. dubnotdubya

    For those who say that elections don’t matter: Sherry Roberts’ opponent in the most recent election, Lisa Tomasso, is a strong supporter of LGBTQ equality. Roberts is so anti-LGBTQ that she votes against “solemnization of marriage” bills for same-sex couples. (These are the individual bills that allow a couple to use an officiant who is not someone in the usual category of wedding officiants.)

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