Pennsylvania representatives Brian Sims and Gerald Millery are planning to introduce a bill banning the use of "ex-gay" therapy on minors in the state. Sims, the state's first elected openly gay candidate, cited California and New Jersey's recent bans as models for the bill.
"Just last month, New Jersey's Republican governor and Democratic legislature worked together to ban this practice,” Sims said in a statement. “The governor there cited 'a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression and suicide.' California has also passed a similar law. Pennsylvania children deserve the same protection.”
Sim also said the bill would provide legal protection for minors against the psychological harm cause by conversion therapy. “It's time to protect Pennsylvania children from this quackery that can inflict years of harm for those who manage to survive it,” Sims said.
Good for them. If adults want to try their luck and "pray away the gay," then that's their right. But kids and teens don't need to be subjected to this foolishness.