Nevada Becomes Ninth State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Via press release:

Today the Human Rights Campaign praised Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval for signing into law Senate Bill (SB) 201 — legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” HRC also commended State Senator David Parks for sponsoring the bill and shepherding it through to the Governor’s office.

“No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and discredited practice not only doesn’t work, but can also have life-threatening consequences. It is nothing short of child abuse. We thank Governor Sandoval and the Nevada State Legislature for passing these crucially important protections for the state’s LGBTQ youth.”

Nevada becomes the tenth jurisdiction — and the third state so far this year — to enact these crucially important protections. Connecticut, California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. A growing number of municipalities have also enacted similar protections, including cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

“I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly for their bipartisan support of Senate Bill 201,” said Nevada State Senator David Parks, who sponsored the bill. “Conversion therapy is a dangerous, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide among LGBTQ youth. By enacting this ban, Nevada will join eight other states and the District of Columbia in taking a strong stand to protect young people from psychological and physical abuse.”

NOTE: New York’s ban came via an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and there’s a bit of dispute as to whether it belongs on the list, as all the other states achieved their bans by legislative statute.

  • No More GOP.

    Progress.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Should be the 50th state to ban

    • Blake Jordan

      Unless it is forced by federal law, or the SCOTUS, I do not see more than 20 states doing this any decade soon…

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, any state where part of the legislature is controlled by Republicans outside of NV and NM will never let this see the light of day.

        • AJayne

          This session, Dems control both houses in NV, or did you count GovSandoval among them? No telling what the 2019 session will bring unless Dems turn out for 2018 midterms. In 2014 it cost us dearly, put (R) in control of both houses…

          • Lars Littlefield

            Sandoval is major Republican light. Also, the Nevada Assembly was only a slight majority R for about the last 4 years until 2017.

          • Blake Jordan

            After the ongoing abysmal presidency of Donnie, with the rethugs not giving a fuck, and that travesty of a healthcare bill they are trying to pass, the rethugs are going to find it very hard to maintain their level of power, even with the rampant (should be unconstitutiona) gerrymandering…

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Reason prevails.

  • FAEN

    Good job Nevada! 😊

  • safari

    I’m glad the 21st century starts to understand that LGBT people are just part of humanity’s makeup.

    • kcken

      Right! You don’t choose to be gay, but you can choose to follow a hateful religion.

  • JWC

    slowly dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century

    • Ross

      And slowly dragged kicking and screaming to morality and decency.

      • Todd20036

        Not me. I’ll stick with being immoral and indecent. Anyone who attends my funeral will need penicillin shots afterwards.

        • doninkansas

          Just penicillin? Rabie? Distemper? Kennel cough?

        • witch

          Will there be snacks 🙂

  • Pat

    Little by little people are waking up, but it’s really all due to the tremendous focus and hard work by activists. They’re the ones who deserve the praise. How many vulnerable kids lives were saved today? Good work, Nevada!

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  • Paula

    President Pence will sign an executive order banning bans on ex-Gay torture.
    Because those states can’t be telling the Feds what to do. Praze jeebus!

  • Falconlights

    Good news! Colorado can’t seem to get a law like this passed. Too many bible thumpers out here.

  • Hank
  • Steverino

    Mike Pence always finds this issue shocking.

  • david fairfield

    What? I don’t know what to do with good news. Short circuiting now……

  • The_Wretched

    This makes peoples lives better so it’s a good thing. …It’s rather horrific that non-consensual torture is something you have to outlaw one State at a time – especially when it targets a specific community.

  • another_steve

    These are bad days for the theofascists. Their führer didn’t give them the “religious liberty” executive order they wanted, he’s dragging their political party of hate through the mud (where it belongs) and now this story coming out of Nevada.

    Sorry days for haters.

    • safari

      Sean Hannity was so upset he can’t even talk about the scandals.

      • another_steve

        He may have even suspended his sexual harassment of the women in the Fox studio.

        That’s how upset he is these days.

  • Paula

    Secretly, I have always had the fantasy of “liberating” the patients from one of these centers.

    • KCMC

      want in on those special ops.

  • Blake Jordan

    Does Nevada have protections from discrimination in housing, employment,… based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

    • AJayne

      Yes, including every letter of LGBTQ.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Wotinell has happened to Nevada? Are they turning (shudder) librul?

    • Blake J Butler

      Democrats control the house and the senate. They won the house last year and this wouldn’t have been made possible even with a few votes from across the aisle.

      Elections matter, Who knew right ?

    • Lars Littlefield

      Nevada has always been liberal. Even Nevada Republicans tend to be liberal.

  • Randolph Finder

    Sort of surprised that Maryland hasn’t yet.

  • Blake J Butler

    About damn time, that bill has been sitting on his desk for a good week. Since it made its last passage last week.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Go Nevada!

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Thank God we have a Democratic majority in the Assembly and Senate in Nevada otherwise it would have never happened. Our Governor, even though a Republican, used to be a Federal Judge so he has some common sense.

  • Mark

    And the persecuted christians scream in 5….4…..3…..2…..

  • Stefan Heikel

    NY is more than just an executive​ order as it deals with the allocation of funds.

  • leastyebejudged

    And done with a Republican Governor and bipartisan support.