Obama at LGBT Fundraiser: Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Transgender Minors

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 28, 2015 | 5:08pm EDT
President Barack Obama greets Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case decided by the Supreme Court, on the stage at the Democratic National Committee "LGBT Gala." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking Sunday at the Democratic National Committee’s “LGBT Gala,” a fundraiser held in New York City, President Barack Obama called for legally prohibiting “conversion therapy” that aims to steer minors away from being transgender.

“We’ve come a long way in changing hearts and minds so that trans men and women can be who they are--not just on magazine covers, but in workplaces and schools and communities,” Obama said at the fundraiser, according to a transcript posted by the White House

“And to build on that progress, we should support efforts to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ for minors,” Obama said. "So, we've got to keep striving every day to treat each other the way I believe God sees us, as equal in His eyes."

Obama was introduced at the gala by James Obergefell. Obergefell was one of the plaintiffs who sued the state of Ohio because it did not permit two people of the same-sex to “marry.” His name is now on the Supreme Court opinion—Obergefell v. Hodges—in which five members of the court declared that a right to same-sex marriage was guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868.

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