Another state bans conversion therapy
Rhode Island this week followed nine states and the District of Columbia in banning so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the bill into law on Thursday.
Rhode Island’s law—which makes it illegal for licensed healthcare professions to advertise or engage in therapy with the aim of changing a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity—is part of a growing trend of state and local governments outlawing the practice. Rhode Island is the fourth state in 2017 to implement a ban.
Cities are getting on board as well. This week, Allentown, Pa., made it illegal to practice conversion therapy on minors within the city. Officials said Allentown was the second municipality in the state and the 60th in the country to ban the practice. —K.C.