The Latest: Gay conversion therapy ban wins votes to advance
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice (all times local):
A bill that would declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice has the votes to pass out of a Senate committee.
A majority of senators on the judiciary committee voted to advance the bill. Their action came after they heard from more than 350 people who opposed the bill. Many of those who spoke out against the measure said they believed it would infringe on their religious freedom.
Sen. Bill Monning says he’s received many calls from people concerned the bill would restrict the Bible. The Carmel Democrat said he believes amendments to the bill make it clear it does not infringe on religious liberty.
Sen. Joel Anderson voted against the bill. The Alpine Republican says he believed the legislation limited people’s choices in seeking therapy.
Opponents of a California bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice are packing a public hearing on the measure.
A Senate committee is taking comment Tuesday on a bill aims to ban selling or advertising sexual orientation change therapy. Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, the bill’s sponsor, says it’s an ineffective and harmful practice.
Opponents argue the bill would deny them their right to seek out the therapy through religious practices or other means. Several people at a rally outside the Capitol said the therapy dramatically improved their lives.
Low has updated the bill since it passed the Assembly to make it more clear the ban applies to selling or advertising the service.