This video says about itself:
15 April 2014
Malta’s gay community celebrates new law recognising same-sex partnerships as marriages
Malta’s Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat joined around 1,000 people celebrating a new law on the Mediterranean island which recognises same-sex marriage on a legal par with marriage and gives gay couples the right to adopt.
The opposition Nationalist party abstained from the vote and said it had reservations about gay adoptions claiming 80 percent of the population were against the law.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
‘Gay conversion therapy‘ becomes illegal in Malta
Malta has introduced a ban on therapies that aim to ‘cure’ homosexuals from their orientation. The law was passed unanimously by parliament.
Therapists who go wrong may get a prison sentence or fine. The same applies to medical professionals who prescribe such therapies.
So far in Europe, therapies ‘curing’ LGBTQ people had not been punishable anywhere. Only in some states in the United States, it is forbidden by law to treat minors because of their sexual orientation.
Gay advocacy group COC in the Netherlands has asked Minister [of Health] Schippers two years ago to have such a ban. The minister said she did not need new rules, because these treatments in the Netherlands are considered to be inadequate therapies. Against that, the Inspectorate for Healthcare can act.
Anchored North: ‘Cult-like’ Evangelical Christian group condemned after video claiming gay people can change through prayer. ‘Any form of ‘therapy’ that attempts to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity is unethical and wrong’: here.
AN ESTIMATED 700,000 LGBTQ AMERICANS HAVE GONE THROUGH CONVERSION THERAPY At some point in their lives. [HuffPost]
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Last month, I teamed up with some Democratic colleagues to reintroduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, to once and for all end so-called “conversion therapy.”
“Conversion therapy” is a practice seeking to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, based on the false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that can be cured. This harmful practice has been widely discredited by nearly all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological, counseling, educational, and social work professional organizations — and it’s been shown that attempting to use these harmful practices can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior.
We must send a clear message to the LGBTQ community that who you are is not something that needs to be fixed, but something to be celebrated: Add your name now to urge Congress to take action and end the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy” once and for all.
We can’t sit back and rest on the progress we’ve made for the LGBTQ community: On so many issues, the Trump administration has laid out a hateful, damaging agenda to undo hard-won progress, divide our communities, and hurt our friends, neighbors, and family members just because of who they are or who they love.
Just last week, President Trump signed yet another executive order, this time opening the door for more discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, religious minorities, and others. Citing “religious liberty,” President Trump has laid the groundwork for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to give federal agencies a license to discriminate — after calling himself a “friend” to LGBTQ Americans during the 2016 campaign.
This is why we need to fight for the rights of LGBTQ Americans now more than ever — and why it’s so important to end “conversion therapy” once and for all.
Add your name now to urge Congress to pass the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act now.
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