Washington D.C. bans conversion therapy on minors

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On Tuesday, Washington D.C’s council voted in favor of a bill that would ban the use of conversion therapy on LGBT+ minors.

In a unanimous vote, D.C. has joined the likes of California and New Jersey in its move to ban the use of the controversial and damaging method. Introduced by council member Mary M. Cheh, the bill prevents licensed mental health physicians seeking ways to change same-sex attraction, gender identity and behavior. Although the bill was passed unanimously, the Family Research Council and religious groups opposed it vehemently.

Lawmakers hope this move to ban conversion therapy in the nation capital will push a nationwide movement to outlaw it.

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