California state Senator Ted Lieu says that political position has caused great harm to LGBT youth—some of whom have attempted suicide because they were not successfully “cured.” Lieu authored a bill—SB 1172—that requires ex-gay therapists to disclose the risk of harm and get the patient’s informed consent before preceding. Additionally, the bill explicitly prohibits so-called reparative therapy for anyone under the age of 18, even if that’s the will of the parents.
Lieu told the Daily Breeze newspaper, ”This is junk science and it must stop.”
On Monday, five Democrats on the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee voted in favor of Lieu’s bill, while the committee’s three Republicans voted no. SB 1172 is expected to be hard by the Senate Judiciary Committee next month.
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