US Maryland GOP governor signs law banning gay conversion therapy

07:52  16 may  2018
07:52  16 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Maryland Bans LGBT 'Conversion' Therapy for Minors

  Maryland Bans LGBT 'Conversion' Therapy for Minors “No child should ever be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy,’” said Human Rights Council President Chad Griffin, commending the new law.Hogan rubberstamped the bill after state lawmakers had overwhelmingly voted in its favor last month.

Centrist Republican governors recognize that “ conversion therapy ” itself is an affront to LGBTQ dignity. These governors obviously view the bans as good politics and good law . This gap between Republican governors and the congressional GOP isn’t entirely surprising.

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  Maryland GOP governor signs law banning gay conversion therapy © Provided by The Hill Maryland has become the 11th state to pass a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the bill banning the practice for minors into law on Tuesday, according to NBC News.

Maryland lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the measure last month.

Among those who voted in favor of the bill was Del. Meagan Simonaire (R), who said that her father, who is a state senator, pushed for her to go through gay conversion therapy.

"They weren't ever hateful, but were fully convinced that she was living in sin and desperately wanted to get her the help she needed," Simonaire said of her family during a passionate speech on the floor, referring to herself.

Her father, state Sen. Bryan Simonaire (R), voted against the ban.

Connecticut, California, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and D.C. have all passed laws or other measures banning the practice.

New Jersey and Hawaii have both passed bills banning gay conversion therapy, but the measures have not yet been signed into law, according to NBC.

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