‘Pray The Gay Away’ Medicaid Cutoff Fails In Senate

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Click Photo Watch MN Senate Uphold 'Pray the Gay Away' Funding

Click Photo Watch MN Senate Uphold 'Pray the Gay Away' Funding

A move to stop using Medicaid dollars for programs that “pray the gay away” was defeated along a mostly party-line vote in the Minnesota State Senate. Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) argued that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay the bill for “therapies that do real damage to individuals and are based on a particular, narrow religious perspective.” Senator Dibble added that research shows that changing a person’s sexual orientation is not possible.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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