NEW MEXICO: Governor Signs Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Associated Press reports:

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that would ban the use on minors of conversion therapy that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure was among dozens signed by the Republican governor as the Friday deadline approached for her to act on legislation passed during the session that ended March 18.

Bill sponsor Democrat Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque called the signing historic, saying New Mexico has a commitment to protect all children from abuse and that the issue transcends party labels and ideological differences.

The prohibition will apply to licensed physicians, nurses, psychologists and other health practitioners who apply conversion therapy to people under 18. It changes provisions of a consumer protection law and outlines disciplinary measures that can be taken by state licensing boards.

Six other states have banned ex-gay torture: California, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. Bans have also been adopted in dozens of local municipalities across the country, including in Cincinnati, Seattle, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.

  • kcken

    GOP: Let the states decide
    States: No Conversion Therapy
    GOP: We need a constitution amendment !!!

    • you *know* that’s coming.

      • kcken

        Indeed. I’m waiting for Trump’s EO on “religious freedom” ..

        • Todd20036

          And Gorsuch would consider such laws constitutional.

          • Ninja0980

            And homocons like Guy Benson (who banned me from his article) will praise him.

  • Treant

    Mind you, I dislike Martinez, but this is one thing she did right.

    • MaryJOGrady

      Me, too. I am amazed, and cheered.

  • Rex

    Some good news in an otherwise dismal day.

  • Mike in Texas

    In other state news, Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have been bitch slapped by the Texas House of Representatives.

    • Treant

      Awesome. Between this, the Kansas seat, and the Georgia seat, I get the feeling that the Republicans are getting a little bit skittish.

      • Mike in Texas

        Look what’s happening in East Texas, of all places. Tyler, TX is Louis Gohmert territory. It’s the last place I’d ever expect anything like this to happen.

        “Unseating Louie Gohmert. Protecting undocumented neighbors. Desegregating Tyler. Local progressives are making no small plans in the age of Trump β€” but can they work together long enough to win?”

    • Paula

      Damn! Maybe there is hope for Texas yet.

  • PickyPecker
  • JoeMyGod
  • Treant

    OT: Shit. My mom, who was registered as a Republican until January, is now signing petitions all over the place. I’m getting three and four e-mails a day from all the Democratic organizations via my mom on “Help Stop Donald Trump!”

    And now she’s looking for candidates she likes and can volunteer for.

    My mom just Got Woke.

    • Gene

      that must feel….WONDERFUL.

      Good for her!
      Good for you!


    • Todd20036

      What did it?

      • Treant

        Trump. They left her behind (a long time ago, really). The kicker was when she asked how to change her registration.

    • kcken

      Awesome. We just need a few million more.

      • Rex

        That’s a million moms I could support.

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    • Mark McGovern

      It’s like coming out!

    • Boreal

      Wish mine would but she’s too old to change.

      • MaryJOGrady

        Where there’s life, there is hope.
        I have read inspiring stories of Ku Klux Klansmen learning in middle age or even senescence that they were wrong, wrong, wrong, and then going to work for racial equality.

        • (((GC)))

          Daryl Davis tells of befriending hundreds of Klan members, now ex-Klan members.

          He also notes that the one word that may have pushed tRump over the top in the election was “Make America Great Again“, which resonated with whites who wanted a return to unapologetic white privilege. Similarly, “Take our country back” was a Klan rallying cry, a dog whistle to white supremacists.

          • MaryJOGrady

            Thank you for posting that.

      • Treant

        Mine managed it at 73. πŸ™‚

        • Boreal

          Mine is 88. At least she didn’t vote for dump. A first not voting for a repig.

    • yes b’y

      praise jebus weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      • Treant

        Even Jesus gets skid marks. πŸ™‚

        • yes b’y


    • Jukesgrrl

      Yay! My Mom is 90 and the Women’s March in January was her first-ever appearance at a protest. I’ve met quite a few people at Indivisible meetings who are participating in political activity for the first time. One of them told me, “My husband and I decided we need to stop being armchair liberals.” Let’s hope there are more people like that!

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    • Boreal

      I want to have his children.

      • EdmondWherever

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        • Lazycrockett

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          • EdmondWherever

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  • i don’t mean to be a debbie downer, but i question the value of these partial victories. simply because so long there are even a handful of jeebus torture loving states, and there always will be if allowed, xtian haters will just ship their kids to those. we’ve seen this before in other issues, when the states have wildly different laws on something controversial. people in states that don’t have whatever it is save up money for a road trip to places that do.

    this is why we need a federal level ban. i know, not from this congress, i grok that. but i’d hate to see the torture centers that remain to flourish as they get increasing amounts of income from new clients from other states.

    • ChrisMorley

      However ex gay torture doesn’t ‘work’ with a one time session across state lines. Their grift is that multiple sessions are required to fully extinguish the ghey. So that makes it much less likely that many youths will be taken across state lines, repeatedly.
      A small straw, but truth.

      • AnotherJosh

        Residential centers aka “troubled teen” gulags might get a slight boost in business, but I can only hope that recent negative publicity will hold a fairly tight cap on how much growth those evil enterprises can see.

  • Rex

    I never thought I see marriage equality in my lifetime, but it’s a reality.
    I hope that I live long enough to see this abuse end, and if it’s one state at a time, I’m cool with that. I also open to see the day when a child is loved and accepted regardless of his or her sexuality without question. That is probably extremely wishful thinking.

  • Ninja0980

    At least some good news on this dismal day.

  • During dark times, the fact that another state bans “reparative” therapy to minors is good news.

    Hopefully, we’ll get to the day where this quackery is banned outright regardless of age.

  • Blake J Butler
  • MaryJOGrady

    Woo hoo!
    To paraphrase Dr. Johnson, the best road a Texan can see is the high road to New Mexico.
    I’m living proof of that. It’s a few days after the third anniversary of my move from Austin to Albuquerque, and I still feel like I just quit hitting myself over the head with a big hammer.

    • Jukesgrrl

      That’s interesting. We are led to believe Austin is the “sane Texas.”

      • MaryJOGrady

        I’d say Austin is as sane and livable as Texas gets. Unfortunately, it has grown a great deal in the past 20 years or so and suffered a huge influx of overpaid, libertarian tech types. Meanwhile, tuition hikes at UT have made the student body way more white and rich. The cost of rental housing skyrocketed and property tax hikes pushed many families out of houses where they’d lived for generations. The usual neighborhood Mexican restaurant closest to my former house is now a sushi place getting national reviews. Beloved old family businesses like Howard’s plant nursery have been razed to the ground to build characterless condos. The traffic is absolutely horrible about 20 hours a day, on surface streets and freeways alike. As far as I am concerned, Austin is not there any more.

        • Jukesgrrl

          Thanks for enlightening me. Those things certainly CAN happen.

          • MaryJOGrady

            How I wish it all had not happened. Austin was the city of my heart for many years.

  • Capritaur

    Yeah, but Tejana Susana doesn’t deserve a cookie for doing what any decent human being would do.

  • Mark

    Her veto pen has been going nuts this session so I’m actually pleasantly surprised.

    • Menergy

      yep, a special session is surely required to be convened because of all (virtually all) the bills she vetoed. Many were part of her “no new/increased taxes” stands” which stand now underfunds so many important programs that affect the citizens in this state. Education took a bullet especially.

      • Menergy


        -Breaking News-


        Take Action: Tell Legislators to send the governor a message by convening to override her vetoes, then go home.

        New Mexico leads the country in unemployment and poverty, so naturally, the governor vetoed every single college and university in New Mexico to keep her “no tax hikes” promise.

        That is not made up. She actually just did that.

        Governor Martinez created a $775 million deficit in the state budget this morning with spiteful vetoes including a tax package full of small fee and revenue increases supported by a majority of New Mexico voters and both chambers of the legislature.

        Looking for a way to balance the budget without those revenues, she vetoed funding for every college and university and she didn’t hide her spiteful reason. Martinez said she cut funding for colleges because the Senate didn’t confirm her partisan nominees to some state college regent boards.

        From the New Mexico Political Report:

        The vast majority of the money vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez came from vetoing all funding for New Mexico colleges and universities. She cited the Senate’s lack of hearings for nominations of regents for β€œseveral higher education institutions…”

        So, what next?

        If we want to have higher education, legislators will have to return to Santa Fe for a special session. They’ll have two options: create a new budget the governor will sign, or override her vetoes and go home.

  • bkmn

    Anything that pisses off the fundies is good by me.

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  • David Milley

    The graphic above brought a tear to my eye …

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  • LovesIrony

    Thanks Gov.

  • witch

    Good news, but these kids still have to deal with their parents abuse

  • JCF