California lawmakers suggest religious are to blame for LGBT suicides

California lawmakers suggest religious are to blame for LGBT suicides by Calvin Freiburger for Faith Wire

SACRAMENTO, California, July 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – If left-wing lawmakers have their way, it will soon be the official position of the state of California that Americans who hold to biblical understandings of sex and gender will be considered responsible for homosexual and transgender suicides.

ACR-99 is a resolution declaring that “being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender” are “part of natural variations that occur in sexual orientation and gender identity” and condemning counseling services that help people resolve unwanted gender confusion or same-sex attraction. It passed the California Assembly last month, and is now pending before the state Senate.

“The stigma associated with being LGBTQ often created by groups in society, including therapists and religious groups, has caused disproportionately high rates of suicide, attempted suicide, depression, rejection, and isolation amongst LGBTQ and questioning individuals,” it claims. It calls on “the people of California – especially its counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators, and legislators” to eschew and work against anti-LGBTQ “stigma.”

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“There is no reputable, serious research showing people commit suicide because a particular religion refuses to embrace homosexuality,” Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton responded. “None. It is largely created as an ideological assumption and political cudgel. But to even question the assertion will cast you immediately as a heartless stone. Remember, any science that does not permit it to be questioned has become fundamentalist dogmatism.”

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