Advocates and opponents of the ban on conversion therapy debated at the Minnesota Capital on Feb. 13.
The advocates were pressing lawmakers to ban conversion therapy on those under 18 years old, and make it a law to mention that it is discredited to every patient, according to Inforum. The opponents of the ban argued the First Amendment, and have testimonials saying “heterosexual-based counseling” helped them choose to live without acting on “same-sex attractions.”
“It was like hypnosis,” said Will Bernstrom-Sampson, who underwent conversion therapy when he was outed as gay and expelled from a private Christian school. “I was told constantly that I was a danger to other people.”
The bill would ensure that medical aid wouldn’t cover the therapy, and that no medical or mental health claim is being made. This means churches can still tell children being gay is bad.