A new bill in the Ohio House would ban conversion therapy — programs intended to end same-sex attraction and make a gay person straight. The conversion therapy bill is sponsored by Rep. Mary Lightbody, a Columbus-area Democrat.
“Human beings are complex, and each individual is unique,” Lightbody said in a statement. “As children grow, we all learn about the world and develop an identity that expresses who we are at heart.”
Nineteen states and Washington, D.C. ban conversion therapy. North Carolina and Puerto Rico have partial bans. In Ohio, seven cities — Athens, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Kent, Lakewood and Toledo have banned conversion therapy.
Republicans far outnumber Democrats in both of Ohio’s legislative chambers.