Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New York considers ban on conversion therapy for minors

New York State's Assembly was set to consider a bill today that would ban sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors. Bans against gay conversion therapy have already gone into law in New Jersey and California. A proposed ban was voted down in Illinois in April.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, who sponsored the measure and is the only openly gay member of the Senate, said that he heard from a man who had electrodes attached to his genitalia to curb his homosexual desires.

The Bill, A06983B, designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

There is no indication from the assembly of any actions taken today.

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