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Oregon Bans Conversion Therapy

Filed By Ed Team | May 19, 2015 3:17 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Kate Brown, oregon, reparative therapy

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who also happens to be the nations first openly LGBT Governor, signed legislation on Monday than bans conversion therapy for minors. The Bill's language includes "attempting to change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender."

The bill had passed the House in March and passed through the senate on a vote of 21-3 earlier this month.

Reparative therapy, or also known as "ex gay" therapy has been debunked as effective and said to be extremely harmful by every major mental health organization. In April, President Obama also called an end to the practice.

Just a day after she signed the Bill, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representative introduced a bill to seek a nationwide ban on the practice. It specifically asks the Federal Trade Commission to label the therapy as a "fraud."

A copy of the Oregon bill can be read here.

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