DENVER (AP) – A measure to forbid Colorado mental health professionals from practicing gay conversation therapy with minors has cleared the state House.
The proposal passed on a 35-29 vote with one Republican, Rep. Daniel Thurlow of Grand Junction, joining every Democrat in the chamber who supported the bill.
The measure would forbid therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person under 18. Therapists who do not follow the rule would face disciplinary action from their licensing board.
Republicans worry that therapists could be punished for merely being perceived as trying to change someone’s sexual orientation.
The bill will now be considered by the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.
LINK: House Bill 1175
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