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2019-04-27 09:02:07

 

Minnesota Republicans are fighting to keep ex-gay therapy legal

The Democratic-led Minnesota House recently approved HF12, a bill that would ban so-called ex-gay conversion therapy for minors. But the Senate version of the bill, SF83, could die thanks to the Republican-led majority there.

The bill would forbid any state-licensed mental health professionals from administering anything “that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender” on people under the age of 18.

If approved and signed by the state’s Democratic governor, Minnesota would become the 17th U.S. state to ban the practice. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have all done the same.

Related: The Washington Post said Mike Pence doesn’t support conversion therapy. No one’s having it.

However, as Pioneer Press reports, several Senate Republicans have voiced opposition to the bill over concerns of “religious freedom” and worries that the bill would “[deny] people the right to pursue therapy if they want to.”

 

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