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A Bill Banning Gay Conversions Passes the State House

A bill intended to prevent health care providers from trying to convert gay people under age 18 has passed the state House.  The bill, which passed by 94-4 vote, would make it an act of unprofessional conduct to try the change the sexual orientation of a patient under 18.

That would include efforts to change behaviors, gender expressions or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions toward people of the same sex. The lawmakers who opposed the measure were: Reps. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington; Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick; Jason Overstreet, R-Lynden; and Elizabeth Scott, R-Monroe.

Psychotherapies providing “acceptance, support and understanding” would be exempt from the measure. It also would not apply to speech, religious practices or counseling not considered efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

All of the 13th, 14th and 15th District Lawmakers voted for the bill.

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