Proposed bill would ban conversion therapy in Michigan

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LANSING (WJRT) (02/14/18) - Conversion therapy is a controversial practice with plenty of people lined up on both sides of the issue.

A proposed bill in the state legislature could make it illegal to practice in Michigan.

Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual methods.

"If a male knows he's a male but he's having female tendencies or female thoughts, then yes, they need to be coerced into understanding that the way God made them is how it is intended to be," said Pastor Chris Martin of Cathedral of Faith Church in Flint.

Martin is in favor of conversion therapy.

"The LGBT lifestyle is not scriptured and it is not something that God supports," he said.

The legislation comes at a time when a Detroit church came under fire recently for advertising a $200 conversion therapy workshop for people questioning their sexual orientation.

"People who operate in that lifestyle need to be healed from that," he said.

Woodside Church Pastor Deborah Conrad, an outspoken LGBT advocate disagrees, also from a divine approach.

"I think God has made us all in different ways to keep life interesting," Conrad said.

She said it's no one's business trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person.

She blames fear.

"Afraid of things in ourselves that we can't face or afraid that the world might not be exactly as we imagined it to be and we have to adjust," she said.

Conrad said it's all about embracing who people are and no one should be ashamed of it, regardless of their religious background.

"I just don't want any one perception of God to dominate the way that we do our culture, the way that we view our society, the way that we order the common good," she said.

If passed, Michigan would be the 10th state to ban conversion therapy.

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