As of May 29th, Maine has officially banned conversion therapy for minors. Joining a dozen of other states that have outlawed the controversial practice. Democratic Governor, Janet Mills, signed the bill the other day and it will take full effect in three months after the Legislature adjourns next month.
Conversion therapy is a method designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the new law, professionals, such as, school psychologists, pharmacy technicians, and social workers that has offered and administrated the unorthodox practice will face harsh discipline from licensing boards.
Maine has joined 16 other states, including the District of Columbia, that have banned the practice. Maine governor, Mills states, "Conversion therapy is a harmful, widely discredited practice that has no place in Maine", she continues, "By signing this bill into law today, we send an unequivocal message to young LGBTQ people in Maine and across the country: We stand with you, we support you, and we will always defend your right to be who you are."
Mary Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project director for LGBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders said, "With this law, Maine is taking seriously [and] its responsibility to ensure youth and parents who seek support are not subjected to fraudulent and dangerous practices under the guise of therapy."
Let's congratulate Maine for ending conversion therapy. What are your thoughts on Maine signing to end the conversion therapy for minors?