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: As Jury Deliberates In R. Kelly Sex Trafficking Case, What Impact Will Verdict Have On His Future Trials In Chicago?
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: Cook County Circuit Court Website Back Online, After Weeks-Long Outage Caused By Breach
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: Chicago Weather: Cold Front Passes Soon
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