Speaking at a conference of Exodus International, the largest religious group promoting the idea that gays can can change their sexual orientation, Rev. Jerry Falwell endorsed forcing gay kids into counseling designed to change their sexual orientation.

Falwell compared allowing a child to identify as gay with allowing children to play on the interstate and dismissed psychologists’ claims that consent is fundamental to a healthy counseling relationship and that parents should not force their gay kids into therapy.

Wow. Having been forced into reparative therapy by my parents (while I was still a minor) I’d like to offer my personal testimony of the harm it can cause.

Rev. Falwell, please be specific: What, exactly, is wrong with allowing your children to tell the truth about what they feel?

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