The state of New York has approved the bill to prevent licensed practitioners from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.
Both houses almost voted the ban unanimously: 134-3 in the Assembly and 57-4 in the Senate.
“New York has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth,” the bill reads in part, “and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts.”
However, the measure doesn’t apply to clergy or other unlicensed practitioners.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has already endorsed the legislation and will sign the bill into law this week.
Mid-term elections will have benefited New York. Previouly, senators had blocked two attempts to prohibit “conversion therapies” despite Assembly approval.
The fact that Democrats have regained the majority in the Senate has made the ban a reality.
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