Nevada politician wants to ban ‘conversation therapy’ across the state

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Exterior photo of the November 11, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The openly gay legislator wants to forbid the licensed doctors to provide so-called gay cure therapy. Senator David Parks of Las Vegas has introduced a bill aimed to make all the controversial practices illegal. Senate Bill 201 would concern psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, family therapists and other clinical counsellors. It would stop short of banning religious ‘counsellors’ like pastors from attempting to ‘cure’ the sexual orientation of a person. Those opposed to the bill on Monday argued that gay adults and the parents of gay kids should be allowed to have such an option if they wish to. But, along the lines of many major medical bodies, Senator Parks argues that the practice can be harmful to recipients. Five US states have already banned the practice, California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.

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