“Conversion therapy is not only an unfounded scientific practice but also a seriously damaging one as well,” said gay Rep. Hunter Cantrell, the author of the bill.
Labeled “Protection from Conversion Therapy,” the prohibition provides for sanctions against any “mental health practitioner or mental health professional… that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.”
This prohibition will protect people under 18 and those classified as vulnerable adults.
Senator Scott Dibble, the lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said: “if you’re an adult, it’s a free country, but it has to be disclosed that this has been discredited.”
With the consent of the Health and Human Services Committee, the first step has been successfully completed, but the next one will be more complicated.
Indeed, since the Democrats control the House, the bill should be passed.
But the senators’ approval will be difficult to obtain. Republicans have opposed the legislation in the Committee and they controlled the Senate.
They consider the project too broad and say it would undermine religious freedoms and prevent a person from freely following a “conversion therapy”.
However, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz supports the ban.