January 10, 2018 at 6:00 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Two Va. lawmakers introduce bills to ban conversion therapy for minors

Virginia, gay news, Washington Blade

Two Virginia Democrats have introduced bills that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

RICHMOND, Va. — Two Virginia Democrats have introduced bills that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state.

State Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax County) on Jan. 5 introduced Senate Bill 245. State Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington County) on the same day introduced House Bill 363.

Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish on Tuesday said in a statement that his organization is “grateful to Sen. Surovell and Del. Hope for making a bill to ban conversion therapy an early part of their legislative agendas.” Parrish also noted nine states and D.C. have banned the widely discredited practice.

“I trust that Virginia’s General Assembly will side with the majority of Virginians who believe this destructive practice should be outlawed,” he said.

The Virginia General Assembly’s 2018 legislation begins on Wednesday.

Hope introduced a similar bill in 2015 and 2016. A bill that would ban conversion therapy to minors in Maryland is expected to be introduced during the state’s 2018 legislative session that also begins on Wednesday.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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