HARRISBURG – Legislation has been introduced to ban mental health providers from offering sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors. Philadelphia Rep. Babette Josephs says no reputable mainstream mental health association considers being gay, lesbian or bisexual a disease or a mental illness and yet that is the premise behind this kind of therapy. Her bill has been introduced as House Bill 2691. CitizenLink reports in a landmark study released in 2007, Dr. Stanton Jones of Wheaton College and Dr. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University conducted a thorough and rigorous examination to date of the question of sexual orientation change through religious-oriented programs. Jones and Yarhouse studied 98 participants from 16 Exodus ministries around the nation. Using a variety of assessments over a four-year period, they found that a significant number were able to change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual and that the group was not damaged by this process of attempted change. A link to CitizenLink story can be found below.