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Uberti: New York should outlaw gay conversion therapy

New York should join New Jersey and California

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Forty-eight states still allow mental health professionals to inflict cruel and unusual punishment on homosexual minors through gay conversion therapy.

Only California and New Jersey have taken steps to protect gay and lesbian youths — populations hard-pressed to protect themselves — from such “therapy.”

A federal court in San Francisco ruled in late August that a California law prohibiting...

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Bessent: Boy Scouts on the right path, but need to go further

Jennifer Tyrrell of Bridgeport, Ohio, a Cub Scout

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The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay members for the first time in its 103-year history marks laudable progress for the venerable organization.

Implementing the enlightened new policy after Jan. 1, 2014, will provide a real-world lesson in character development for the group's 2.7 million young members.

Unfortunately the scouts left some work on the contentious...

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