President Obama and his secretive right-hand adviser, Valerie Jarrett, responded to a “We the People” website petition to ban “gay”-conversion therapies, saying: We agree – the White House supports such prohibitions.
The response, posted late Wednesday evening by Jarrett: “We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth. As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”
The original petition on the White House website garnered more than 120,000 signatures, well above the threshold required to receive an administration response.
The text described how a 17-year-old transgender wrote a suicide note, posted it on social media and walked in front of a semi-truck. The teen had previously been taken to conversion therapy.
It went on: “Therapists that engage in the attempt to brainwash or reverse any child’s gender identity or sexual orientation are seriously unethical and legislation is needed to end such practices.”
Jarrett, in an interview with the New York Times, said Obama had been emotionally moved by the teen’s tale.
“It’s not the story of one young person,” Jarrett said. “It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.”
Obama isn’t going to expressly push for legislation on Capitol Hill to ban the therapy, but he is going to press lawmakers to discuss and mull the issue, White House officials said, the New York Times reported. And he is going to support state efforts to ban the therapy within their respective borders, the newspaper said.