Radical Va. lawmakers poised to ban homosexual conversion therapy for minors

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Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, who represents the 27th District, was the only Republican to vote in favor of the bill’s passage.

Democrats who recently won majorities in the Virginia General Assembly continue to push radical changes, now passing legislation that would prohibit a form of medical counseling for people under age 18.

“Conversion therapy” is counseling for people with homosexual urges who wish to overcome them.

Virginia’s House of Delegates this week voted 66-27 in support of HB 386, which would ban any health-care provider or person who performs counseling as licensed by the Department of Health Professions from engaging in conversion therapy with a minor, reports the Winchester Star.

Doing so would be deemed unprofessional conduct and would allow disciplinary action. All House Democrats, including 10th District Del. Wendy Gooditis of Clarke County, and 11 Republicans voted in favor of the bill’s passage. Twenty-seven Republicans, including 29th District Del Chris Collins, R-Frederick County, and 33rd District Del. Dave LaRock, R-Hamilton, voted against passage.

On Jan. 21, the Senate voted 21-18 in support of similar legislation, SB 245. Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, who represents the 27th District, was the only Republican to vote in favor of the bill’s passage.

Each chamber will now weigh the other’s legislation.

Conversion therapy is defined in HB 386 as any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. To date, 19 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have passed laws banning conversion therapy for minors.

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