September 18, 2013 | by Staff reports
Pa. ‘conversion therapy’ ban proposed
Brian Sims, Pennsylvania, gay news, Washington Blade, conversion therapy

State Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne Country) said their measure would prohibit mental health providers in Pennsylvania from engaging in ‘conversion therapy.’ (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

PHILADELPHIA—Two Pennsylvania lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would prohibit mental health providers in the commonwealth from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay minors.

State Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne Country) said in a press release their measure would prohibit mental health providers in Pennsylvania from engaging in “conversion therapy.” State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) has introduced a similar bill in the state Senate.

“It’s time to protect Pennsylvania children from this quackery that can inflict years of harm for those who manage to survive it,” Sims said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last month signed a bill that bans “conversion therapy” for gay minors in his state.

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