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On Top Magazine: Virginia Senate Committee Kills Bill Seeking To Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy To Minors Print

Created:  Friday, January 23, 2015


A bill which sought to ban "ex-gay" therapy to minors in Virginia is likely dead, a casualty of a Virginia Senate committee's vote.

According to the Washington Blade, the Senate Education and Health Committee voted 8-7 to table Senate Bill 988 on Thursday, 10 days after its introduction. The bill was championed by Senator Louise Lucas.

James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, the state's largest LGBT rights advocate, lamented the quick defeat in a statement.

"It is extremely disappointing that our lawmakers cannot come together in support of a bill that would protect Virginia's LGBT youth," said Parrish. "We cannot continue to allow our youth to be put through this so-called 'treatment' that can cause depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. At best, allowing this harmful treatment on our youth is irresponsible, and at worse, it could contribute to the unthinkable."

Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope backed a similar measure in the House.

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Subcommittee heard testimony Thursday for and against Hope's legislative proposal but didn't take a vote.

Washington, DC recently became the third jurisdiction behind California and New Jersey to outlaw therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. DC's law is currently under Congressional review.