SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill banning so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.
The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing the therapy to anyone who is under age 18.READ MORE: Five States, Puerto Rico Added To City's Travel Order; Wisconsin, Iowa, Two Other States Removed From Travel Restrictions
The Illinois House Human Services committee passed the measure Wednesday by a 9-6 vote.
Gay and lesbian advocacy group Equality Illinois is applauding the bill. The group says in a statement that Illinois should be a leader in protecting youth from “false and potentially dangerous treatment.”READ MORE: With Vaccinations Lagging And COVID Cases Rising Among Black Chicagoans, Mayor Lightfoot Says 'We Need To Send Out The Alarm'
But the conservative Illinois Family Institute says the legislation would prevent youths from getting counseling for “unwanted feelings.”
California and New Jersey have similar bans in place.MORE NEWS: Cook County Health Releasing Nearly 10,000 First-Dose Vaccine Appointments Tuesday
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