Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Saturday he supports a nationwide ban on conversion therapy for those who have unwanted same-sex desires, and he also believes Obamacare should cover sex-reassignment surgery.
Biden and other Democratic candidates took part in the LGBTQ Presidential Candidate Forum, which was held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and sponsored by The Advocate, GLAAD, One Iowa and The Gazette.
“We should outlaw nationally, the conversion therapy – there should be a law against it, period,” the former vice president said. “And I’ve proposed that for a long time.”
Such proposals have sparked concern from the religious community. When Maine’s governor signed a bill this month outlawing conversion therapy, the Christian Civic League of Maine said the law would “equate sound Biblical counseling with torture and abuse under the name of conversion therapy,” according to World.
Biden also said sex-reassignment surgery should be covered under Obamacare. The forum moderator noted that Iowa politicians had moved to deny “Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery.”
“Obamacare … does cover the surgery. It does cover transgender people. … [But] along came Trump and by executive order he struck all of that out of the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said. “I would reinstate it all. Every single American, every LGBTQ person as well as anyone else should be able to have full health care without any limitation.”
Hospitals, he added, should be required to perform gender-reassignment surgery. Some religious hospitals, including Catholic ones, prohibit such surgeries from being performed in their facilities.
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Source: Christian Headlines