Nevada becomes the eighth state in the U.S. to ban conversion therapy

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

Other states banning the practice are California, Vermont, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and IL.

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.

Last month New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed a similar legislation. Other very red states like New Hampshire have not come close to a conversion therapy ban win. George W. Bush ended the practice in 2001 after Bill Clinton started it.

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

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, commended Sandoval in a statement for signing into law the ban on "ex-gay" conversion therapy.

The Nevada bill enacted by Gov. Sandoval affects therapies for children under 18 and defines "conversion therapies" as "any practices or treatments that seek to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of the children".

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SB 201 was sponsored by openly homosexual State Sen.

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 bill is a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state'. The American Psychological Association has stated that the practice can be damaging, and can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.

"No child should be put through the risky and inhumane practice of conversion therapy", Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in an emailed statement.

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

Holly Welborn, policy director for the Nevada branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that while the organization had opposed previous iterations of the rule over privacy and transparency concerns, it supported this year's version after safeguards were strengthened.

Then, in states with reparative therapy bans, "Nobody can tell them that they could be happier the way they were born - heterosexual", he said.

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