Nevada becomes 8th state to ban conversion therapy

Nevada became the ninth state to ban pro-heterosexual therapy for minors when Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the pro-LGBTQ bill into law on Wednesday.

Police officers in the state of Nevada may soon be required to wear body cameras under a measure that was sent on Thursday to Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature. Chris Christie in 2013, Illinois Gov. New Mexico ban was approved just last month in April 2017 by Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez. The new law, passed this week by the state Senate, makes it illegal for licensed therapists, physicians and counselors to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of minors. Connecticut, California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice.

The Republicans as a whole do not support banning conversion therapy. Even New Hampshire’s relatively moderate Republican Gov. John Sununu has kept mum on conversion therapy-though he did appoint one of its supporters, Frank Edelblut, to lead the state’s Department of Education. George W. Bush ended the practice in 2001 after Bill Clinton started it.

Conversion therapy has been denounced by several leading medical groups, including the American Psychological Association, which says efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy have “serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder”.

Nevada’s bill banning conversion therapy was amended to exempt religious organizations. States have agreed to suspend or revoke licenses of therapists who perform conversion therapy.

The bill had already passed in the Senate with a unanimous vote and has now passed in the Assembly.

SB 201 was sponsored by openly homosexual State Sen. This bill is a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state’. David Parks of Las Vegas Parks said in a statement, reported by The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“No child should be denied the right to get the therapy that fits their values, and no parent or family should be told they must accept that their child is gay or transgender if they believe their son or daughter has underlying trauma that may be causing these unwanted feelings”.

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

They also said it was an invasion of privacy.