Maryland is now the 11th state to ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors

Filed in National by on May 16, 2018

Delaware will get around to this eventually.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law on Tuesday to prohibit health professionals from practicing “gay conversion therapy” on minors, as a growing number of states and municipalities are banning it. Maryland is the 11th state to enact legislation against the practice of trying to alter a person’s sexual orientation through psychological intervention.

Supporters of the ban note the therapy is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations. The law will classify the practice as unprofessional conduct.

Supporters say the measure will help protect youths from depression, anxiety and potential suicide by preventing them from being forced into such treatment.

“I think it’s fantastic, because it will save the lives of young people in our state,” said Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Democrat who sponsored the bill.

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  1. Paul says:

    SB65 has cleared both the Senate and the House Health Committee–it is on the House Ready List.

  2. mouse says: