Does Mike Pence believe in conversion therapy?

VICE President Mike Pence has previously been criticized by Democratic politician Pete Buttigieg for what he views as animus against gay rights.

Although Pence has not confirmed he believes in conversion therapy, in the early 90s he spoke out against efforts to ban discrimination against gay people, CNN reports.

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What are Mike Pence's views about homosexuality?

The vice president opposed same-sex marriage and supported a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman, reports Washington Post.

Additionally, he was against a law that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace.

Pence also opposed the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy that prohibited soldiers from openly identifying as gay.

What did Pete Buttigieg say about Pence's views?

Buttigieg has condemned Pence's discrimination of the LGBTQ community.

"If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pence's of the world would understand.

"That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator," Pete Buttigieg said at a LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch in 2019.

Buttigieg also added in an interview with Hugh Hewitt that he "doesn't know" what is in "Pence's heart" in regards to his same sex policies.

“I don’t know what’s in his heart. If you’re in public office and you advance homophobic policies, on some level it doesn’t matter whether you do that out of political calculation or whether you do it out of sincere belief.”

“The problem is, it’s hurting other people,” added Buttigieg.

What is the school that Mike Pence's wife teaches at?

Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence was a former school teacher who had taught at Immanuel Christian School — a school that apparently makes employees sign a pledge opposing LGBT lifestyles.

She previously taught art there for 12 years while Pence was in Congress.

The school says they can "refuse admission" or "discontinue enrollment" of a pupil if "the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches" on their website.

The second lady's spokeswoman Kara Brooks said in a statement: "It's absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school's religious beliefs, are under attack."

What has the American Psychological Association said about homosexuality?

Pence said "the great vast majority of the psychological community says homosexuality at a very minimum is a choice by the individual, and at the maximum, is a learned behavior," CNN reported.

However, when Pence made his comments in the 1990s, the American Psychological Association had already established findings that contradicted his claims.

Starting in 1973, homosexuality was no longer considered a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by most psychiatrists.

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