President Obama, the U.S. Surgeon General and Congressional Leaders Share the
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Stance Against
Conversion Therapy for Minors
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) applauds
recent statements and efforts made by President Obama, the U.S. Surgeon General
and congressional leaders regarding the ban of conversion therapy for minors.
The President’s statement supports CAMFT’s position on sexual orientationchange efforts released in September 2014.
“CAMFT emphatically supports the statements and efforts by President
Obama, the US Surgeon General and congressional leaders regarding the ban of
conversion therapy for minors,” said Jodi Baldel, CAMFT board president
and licensed marriage and family therapist. CAMFT has previously affirmed the
legislative intent of California Senate Bill 1172, a 2012 law designed to protect
the physical and psychological well-being of minors and to protect minors from
exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts. “California
has been a leader in advocating the banning of conversion therapy on minors
and CAMFT is thrilled this issue has been elevated to a national platform so
that our profession and our association can continue to forcefully denounce
the notion that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is a
The Stop Harming Our Kids Congressional Resolution of 2015, was recently
introduced to Congress by Representative Jackie Speier (D-14). The resolution
makes a national declaration that “conversion therapy directed at minors
is dangerous and harmful.”
“The Stop Harming Our Kids Congressional Resolution of 2015, the messages
by President Obama and the U.S. Surgeon General, along with positions by CAMFT
and other mental health organizations, demonstrate that, as a nation, we will
protect LGBTQ youth from this harmful and discredited practice,” said
James Guay, a licensed marriage and family therapist and member of CAMFT.
About California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
CAMFT is an independent professional organization of 31,000 members representing
the interests of marriage and family therapists. It is dedicated to advancing
the profession, maintaining high standards of professional ethics, upholding
the qualifications for the profession and expanding awareness of the profession.