Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bill would ban 'conversion therapy' for gay teens - Florida Politics

Florida’s only openly gay lawmaker has filed a bill to outlaw conversion therapy, a treatment program usually to change one’s orientation from homosexual to heterosexual, on those under 18.

State Rep. David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat, filed his bill (HB 137) on Thursday.

The legislation would forbid anyone who does “professional counseling” to use conversion therapy on minors.
That includes “medical practitioners, osteopathic practitioners, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and licensed counselors.”
Following Richardson's lead, Florida may join California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon and the District of Columbia in banning this barbaric practice.
State Sen. Jeff Clemens on Friday filed a Senate companion bill (SB 258) to a piece of House legislation that aims to outlaw sexual conversion therapy on patients under 18.

Bill would ban 'conversion therapy' for gay teens - Florida Politics

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