Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law protecting minors from “gay conversion therapy,” a bullshit, discredited, harmful “method” of trying to psychologically change a person’s sexual orientation. The new law prohibits health “professionals” from practicing the “treatment.”
“I think it’s fantastic, because it will save the lives of young people in our state,” said bill sponsor Sen. Richard Madaleno (D).
From CBS News:
Mathew Shurka, an activist who has campaigned for the measure and experienced conversion therapy for five years between the ages of 16 and 21, said the new law marks another step toward ending the practice.
“We know 700,000 people in the United States have been through conversion therapy, and 78,000 teenagers will go through it in the next five years, and this is getting us closer to zero,” Shurka said.
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington also have laws on the books, as well as the District of Columbia. New Hampshire and Hawaii recently passed similar measures that have gone to the governor in those states.