Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed legislation that bans therapy aimed changing a young person’s sexuality.
Following the likes of California and New Jersey, Illinois has now banned gay conversion therapy among minors. The law will prohibit therapists from trying to “convert” young people under the age of 18.
“These so-called ‘therapies’ treat homosexuality as a disease,” Democratic Sen. Daniel Biss said in a statement after the bill was signed. “They’re out of date and can be deeply destructive to youth. Outlawing these practices is a small step in our pursuit for LGBT rights, but it’s an extremely important step in protecting young people in Illinois.”
Addressing concerns that the bill would interfere with citizens religious freedoms, Rauner’s spokesperson, Catherine Kelly said in a statement,“The administration carefully reviewed this legislation to ensure it would not prohibit or otherwise interfere with religious freedom or family access to religious counselling.”
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama condemned the practice of “gay conversion” therapies, saying, “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”
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