North Carolina governor clamps ‘gay cure therapy’

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North Carolina governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order seeking to tackle conversion therapy. The order signed on August 3 has an aim to make sure that taxpayer money will no longer be used to fund the controversial and harming practices of “changing” people’s sexuality or gender identity, especially when it comes to underage people. “Conversion therapy has been shown to pose serious health risks, and we should be protecting all of our children, including those who identify as LGBTQ, instead of subjecting them to a dangerous practice,” Gov. Cooper stated. The order extends to the limits of Cooper’s executive powers as governor, with any further action requiring approval from the state’s Republican-controlled legislature. However, LGBT campaigners want to see clearer action from the state’s legislature.

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