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President announces call for end to ‘so-called’ conversion therapy

President Obama just called for an end to so-called conversion therapies for gay, lesbian and transgender young people. He’ll reportedly support efforts to ban it at the state level. A bill that would prohibit therapy that tries to change sexual orientation for minors is winding through the Illinois General Assembly. Proponents say this type of therapy is dangerous, and doesn’t work. Moreover, they argue, sexual orientation isn’t a mental illness, but conversion therapy treats it like it is. We have two people who have concerns about the bill with us by phone today. Pastor Ron Citlau from Calvary Church in Orland Park has struggled with same-sex attraction and counseled others who have too. He’s co-author of the book Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth. (Flickr/kevin dooley)

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