The law will prohibit psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and other clinical counselors in Nevada from attempting anti-gay conversion therapy on people under age 18 beginning next year. Sandoval, Martinez, Rauner, and Christie were each presented a proposed ban and given two choices: Sign it or veto it. 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.
Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 201 into law on Wednesday, having his state join California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York via executive action, Oregon, and Vermont. This bill is a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state'.
"Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and elected officials have prioritized the safety, health, and well-being of LGBTQ Nevadans by putting an end to the discredited practice of so-called 'conversion therapy.' The American Psychological Association has linked conversion therapy to depression, substance abuse and even suicide-risks that are particularly acute for youth". Just last week CT joined the ranks of states that have banned such practices.
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"No child should be put through the unsafe and inhumane practice of conversion therapy", Griffin said.
'Medical professionals agree this outdated and discredited practice not only doesn't work, but can also have life-threatening consequences. The 2016 Republican Party platform opposed conversion therapy bans for minors, declaring that "we support the right of parents to consent to medical treatment for their minor children".
Supporters maintain that SOCE therapy can indeed help individuals and that laws restricting the practice attack parental rights and First Amendment freedoms. It is nothing short of child abuse.