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Maryland Becomes The 11th State To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

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Maryland Becomes The 11th State To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy




Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill banning gay conversion therapy for minors, making it the 11th state to ban the practice, according to NBC News.

Maryland lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the legislation last month.

Among those who voted for the bill was Del. Meagan Simonaire (R), who said that her father, state Sen. Bryan Simonaire (R), pushed for her to go through gay conversion therapy.




“They weren’t ever hateful, but were fully convinced that she was living in sin and desperately wanted to get her the help she needed,” Simonaire said, referring to herself.

“While she never actually had to endure conversion therapy, the pain of having her good-intentioned parents convinced of its ability to ‘fix her’ was enough to cause significant pain, self-loathing and deep depression.”

Her father voted against the ban.

Maryland joins Connecticut, California, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia in passing laws or other measures to ban the practice.

New Hampshire and Hawaii have both passed bills banning the harmful therapy, but the measures have not yet been signed into law.




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