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MICHIGAN: Bill To Ban "Ex-Gay" Torture Of Minors Introduced In State House

Via Michigan Live:
Legislation introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor, seeks to ban gay conversion therapy for minors. House Bill 5703 would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 years old. "The evidence shows you cannot change sexual orientation, so the legislation was kind of a no-brainer," Zemke said. "We want to make sure children cannot be exposed to situations that are emotionally harmful to them because of their parents' beliefs or desires to try to change their orientation." Calling a ban on conversion therapy for minors a "civil rights" issue, Zemke noted that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed similar legislation into law last year. California and New York have similar statewide youth bans, which have survived various legal challenges. Conversion therapy, also known as reparative or ex-gay therapy, has been discredited by leading medical organizations.
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