Maine becomes 17th US state to outlaw ‘gay cure therapy’

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The state’s new Democratic governor Janet Mills signed a bill on May 29th that officially banned conversion therapy practices performed on underage people. As she signed the bill, Mills said that this practice is highly-discredited and proven to be harmful, so it should not have any place in the state of Maine. “By signing this bill into law today, we send an unequivocal message to young LGBTQ people in Maine and across the country: we stand with you, we support you, and we will always defend your right to be who you are,” the Governor says. The decision marks a rapid shift from the policy of Republican ex-governor Paul LePage, could have outlawed ‘gay cure therapy’ when he was in power, but deliberately vetoed the bill that could have made it possible. LePage had claimed that parents “have the right” to seek conversion therapy for their children, and described the bill as “a threat to an individual’s religious liberty.” However, after his exit from office the bill to outlaw the practice passed with bipartisan support.

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