Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release:

“No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and discredited practice not only doesn’t work, but can also have life-threatening consequences.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 Raimondo and the Rhode Island Legislature for protecting the state’s LGBTQ youth.”

Rhode Island is now the eleventh jurisdiction — and the fourth state so far this year — to enact these crucially important protections. Connecticut, California, Nevada, 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.

  • Rex

    Small but mighty.
    Thank you Rhode Island.

  • PickyPecker
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  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Good ol’ State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Longest name, smallest state, progress imminent.


    • jixter

      Rhode Island, my home state, is a paradox: How can it be so little and so big at the same time?

  • zhera

    O/T: This is the kind of thing Rebublican voters share on facebook. It was posted by some Judge Janine, or something. I have now defriended the people in question, FINALLY!


    • The_Wretched

      I find posts like that so confusing. Even if it’s a real pic, Soros has a long history as a pro-democracry leader and spender. If you poll the actual neo-nazi / white nationalists / christian militia types, they all support Trump & republicans as embodying their ideals. It’s like they are claiming their own supporters are evil (they are) but that their supporters are working for the other team (they are not).

      • Todd20036

        And Trump really is pro-Nazi as you can see by his campaign rallies.

      • zhera

        He was a Jewish boy born in Hungary in 1930. They have taken a quote of his and twisted it into the worst possible lie, ever. Here’s the real quote (from Wikipedia):

        “Tivadar [his father] not only saved his immediate family but also many other Hungarian Jews, and George would later write that 1944 had been “the happiest [year] of his life,” for it had given him the opportunity to witness his father’s heroism.”

      • jerry

        It’s always about sowing confusion…such as their ridiculous claims that the extremely right-wing Nazis were actually leftist liberals because they had “socialist” in their name.

        • Todd20036

          And that Hitler was an atheist, so the Christ eaters could claim atheists are evil.
          Forget his own proclamations that he was a Christian, and the blessing of the pope at the time for what he was doing.

          • prixator

            Ah! But he wasn’t a “true” “Christian”.

            That’s what they say when one of theirs does something disgusting (which is regularly).

    • jerry

      He was maybe 13 when the Nazis occupied Hungary…so no, he wasn’t in the SS.

      • JCF

        I thought Soros was Jewish?

        • jerry

          Not religious Jews, but yes. And it appears they survived by pretending to not be Jews. And he was 13/14 in 1944 when the Nazis took over Hungary, so whatever or whoever the above is about, it’s not him.

    • Todd20036

      Projection. The RWNJs embrace many Nazi goals (killing LBGT, making blacks slaves, etc)

    • Mike

      Numbskull Trump lovers look at their empty bank accounts and huge debt and think they need to protect their interests by voting against taxes for the wealthiest one percent, uncertain if that group includes them. They believe almost nothing that appears before their eyes if it contradicts what the teevee says. But they’ll see crap like this, and because it comes from a Fox News hyena they’ll believe it without questioning when Soros was born and when Hitler died, and without even knowing who Soros is, only that Fox News thinks he is the devil, therefore they are supposed to think so too. People are horrible.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Unsourced Facebook photo: totally true
      Huge body of peer-reviewed climate science: fake news

    • Gianni

      Judge Janine is just another fucked up FUX News mouthpiece.

  • another_steve

    Yet churches and synagogues and mosques are still legally permitted to preach the same stuff that the “conversion therapists” do. And by way of those institutions’ tax-exempt status, taxpayers subsidize it.

    Go figure.

  • Lazycrockett
  • zhera

    Is it only children who are protected, or adults as well?

    • The_Wretched

      These laws are typically limited to protecting persons 18 and younger, only. the States are substituting the power of the parents and not the rights of all citizens.

    • Gianni

      Adults can legally and usually do make their own decisions.

  • Ninja0980

    Not a small feat considering that this is the most Catholic state in New England.
    Way to go!

    • Mike

      That, and there had to be a lot of pressure against her because the bishop is a huge horse’s ass. Brava to the governor.

  • Ken M

    Small state, Big difference. Thank you

  • clay

    Where the fuck is Massachusetts?

    • Todd20036

      NE, just south and west of Maine.

  • clay

    “But, what if an ex-gay does something that irks me and I decide to torture him?”

    “That’s… that’s actually… murder. One of the worst crimes of all, so… also illegal.”


  • andrew

    All the States and jurisdictions that gave a majority of their votes to Hillary in 2016 are the ones that have banned “conversion therapy.” Seems like they are in the habit of getting things right.

    • Paul

      Nevada gave her a plurality, but otherwise, you’re right.

  • JCF