Washington’s state senate passed a measure banning gay conversion therapy, bringing the state closer to completely passing the bill.
The house will next vote on the bill, which is expected to pass according to LGBTQ Nation. The bill would classify changing the sexual orientation of someone under 18 “unlawful conduct,” for therapists.
“Our educated, knowledgeable, experienced professionals have told us, this is a step in protecting kids in Washington,” Carey Morris of Equal Rights Washington said. “And I think it’s a really important step, they’re listening. And we can say we hear you, we see you, we think you’re worthy. And more importantly we shouldn’t have regrets because we know this is the right thing to do.”
Democrats won the majority in senate on Nov. 7, 2017, allowing them to have the votes needed to pass the bill, according to Metro Weekly.
“Today, the state of Washington is one step closer to passing a bill to protect youth from dangerous conversion therapy,” NCLR Youth Policy Counsel Carolyn Reyes said. “Therapists who engage in these discredited treatments put young people at risk of serious harms including suicide, depression, and substance abuse. Washington families and children deserve better.”
If the bill goes into effect, Washington will join 10 other states and the District of Columbia in banning the conversion therapy. In Florida, both Palm Beach and Broward county banned conversion therapy within the last two months.