Nevada becomes 8th state to ban conversion therapy

Nevada becomes 8th state to ban conversion therapy

Nevada becomes 8th state to ban conversion therapy

David Parks (D-Las Vegas), makes it illegal for licensed physicians, therapists, or counselors to engage in therapy meant to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Cincinnati, Ohio is the only other city to specifically ban the practice, http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/11/16/seattle-bans-gay-cure-therapy-for-kids/ joined by Seattle in November 2016. George W. Bush ended the practice in 2001 after Bill Clinton started it.

The practice of therapy aimed at changing an individual's sexual orientation or transgender status is considered ineffectual at best and harmful at worst.

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Such therapies go by names such as "conversion therapy", "reparative therapy" or "ex-gay therapy". States have agreed to suspend or revoke licenses of therapists who perform conversion therapy.

"While the vast majority of states continue to vote these bills down, unfortunately, the children in Nevada are the latest victims of political correctness gone wild at the hands of liberal politicians and gay activists", he told LifeSiteNews.

HRC's Chad Griffin thanks Governor Sandoval and the Legislature for passing "crucially important protections for the state's LGBTQ youth". "Conversion therapy is a unsafe, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide among LGBTQ youth".

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Among them, Republican Assemblyman Chris Edwards of Las Vegas, said it does not do enough to explicitly protect the First Amendment rights of therapists or parents. "This law will help protect some of our state's most vulnerable youth", Sandoval said in a statement, adding that the bill "will not interfere with religious liberties or rights of conscience".

Carolyn Reyes, the National Center for Lesbian Rights" youth policy counsel and Born Perfect campaign director, said in a statement the new law means Nevada officials "have prioritized the safety, health, and well-being of LGBTQ Nevadans by putting an end to the discredited practice of so-called "conversion therapy'".

Senate Bill 201 urges state licensing boards to discipline professionals who attempt to stamp out gay people's sexual desires.

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