The Christian Post – Massachusetts became the sixteenth state to ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for LGBT minors, and a conservative group plans to pursue legal action in response. Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed H. 140 into law Monday.
The legislation prohibits licensed professionals from engaging in counseling meant to help minors struggling with same-sex attraction who want to change. The LGBT advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign, celebrated the new law, which had failed to pass in Massachusetts in previous legislative sessions.
“This legislation grants LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts a new freedom to live authentically, free from fear of the debunked and potentially life-threatening practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’,” said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director.