Hawaii Governor supports banning ‘gay cure therapy’

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The US state could become the latest to outlaw the use of so-called conversion therapy (mentally and physically harmful practices targeting gay people and aiming to change their sexuality, even though it has been officially proven that sexuality is irreversible) performed on people under 18. Performing gay ‘cure’ therapy on minors is already is illegal in 10 US states and counting, as well as Switzerland, Malta, Taiwan, two Canadian provinces, and the Australian state of Victoria. The Hawaii legislature this week gave final approval to a bill which bans efforts to ban the practices and the bill moved further to the Governor. In the Senate the bill passed by a vote of 24-1. The lone vote against was Democratic Senator Mike Gabbard, the head of the so-called Alliance for Traditional Marriage and Values, who previously waged a campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the state.

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