California lawmakers move to limit gay conversion therapy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Selling or advertising gay conversion therapy may soon be classified as a fraudulent business practice in California.
The state Assembly passed a bill Thursday to crack down on people who sell therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation.
Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell says he authored the bill because conversion therapy has been proven ineffective and harmful.
Several lawmakers voiced concerns about whether the bill would stop religious groups from discussing the therapy.
They asked Low to clarify how the bill would affect religious organizations.
Low says the bill does not impede freedom of speech or religion and applies only to financial transactions.
Mental health providers in California are already prohibited from performing conversion therapy on minors.
Low’s bill now heads to the state Senate.