Many people commented, explaining that this law was addressing legitimate concerns, and that it didn't run into the problem I raised because it only applied to adults. I listened, I heard, and I was convinced. I still think adults should have the option to make of their sexuality what they will, with professional help if they choose. But after reading everyone's comments last night, I can see quite easily why teenagers might be pressured into accepting this therapy - so that even if the request came from the kids rather than the parents, the kid would still be succumbing to parental/community pressure in a lot of cases.
So I wanted to stand up and say you guys have changed my mind on this. This is blogging at its best, at least IMO - I express a concern or thought, other people react, and a real change happens. Sometimes it doesn't always happen in as short a time period as this time(!), but I do think listening to my friends' reactions spurs me on. It's the dialogue style I love about philosophy, too.
Thanks for reading, and for offering your own thoughts and experiences. I probably don't say this often enough, but I do appreciate it.