(WB) French lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy in the country.
Têtu, an LGBTQ magazine in France, notes anyone who “practices, [engages in behaviors], or [makes] repeated comments aimed at modifying or repressing a person’s real or supposed sexual orientation or gender identity that physically deteriorates their physical or mental health” would face two years in prison and a €30,000 ($33,778.50) fine. The penalties would increase to three years in prison and €45,000 ($50,667.75) if the person who undergoes conversion therapy is a minor.
The National Assembly in October unanimously approved a conversion therapy ban bill. The chamber and the French Senate agreed to the measure that passed on Tuesday.
France would join Malta and a handful of other countries to ban conversion therapy if President Emmanuel Macron signs the bill.
A bill that will ban conversion therapy in Canada received final approval in the country’s Senate on Dec. 7. The measure will take effect next month after it received royal assent.