A California state Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that aims to protect citizens against ”œreparative” therapies intended to change the sexual orientation of LGBT people.
By a vote of 5-3, the state Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development advanced SB 1172, which would ban children under 18 from receiving so-called ”œex-gay” therapies. Therapists would also have to provide adults receiving treatment with consent forms to warn them of potential dangers.
”œAn individual’s sexual orientation, whether homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual, is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming,” the bill states. ”œUnder no circumstances shall a patient under 18 years of age undergo sexual orientation change efforts, regardless of the willingness of a patient’s parent, guardian, conservator, or other person to authorize such efforts.”