State to Outlaw Gay Conversion Therapy Among Youth

Newsweek 
by Asher Stockler
May 29, 2019

 

Maine’s Democratic Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday signed into law a statewide ban on gay conversion therapy targeting minors, joining 16 other states plus the District of Columbia that have enacted similar bans.

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to change one’s sexual orientation through discredited therapeutic approaches and causes “documented harm” to patients who receive it, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group, hailed the bill’s passage as an important step in guarding youth against an “egregious practice.”

“Conversion therapy is a harmful, widely-discredited practice that has no place in Maine,” Mills said at the signing ceremony. “By signing this bill into law today, we send an unequivocal message to young LGBTQ people in Maine and across the country: we stand with you, we support you and we will always defend your right to be who you are.”

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