Currently there are only six states in the US that have a full ban on gay conversion therapy, but Democratic lawmakers are hoping to make it the ban a federal law by reintroducing legislation. Gay conversion therapy is the harmful (potentially deadly) practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation. The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which was filed by Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Corey Booker of New Jersey, was previously introduced to the Senate, but Republicans let the bill die without a hearing.
“On this and so many other issues impacting the LGBTQ community, the Trump Administration has laid out a hateful, damaging agenda to undo hard-won progress, divide our communities, and hurt our friends, neighbors and family members just because of who they are or who they love,” Murray said.
Adding to this rallying cry, Senator Booker wrote in a statement: “So-called ‘conversion therapy’ isn’t therapy at all…It’s a tortuous, fraudulent practice that has been repeatedly condemned by medical professionals and has no place in our country.” [AP]