Maryland lawmakers have introduced bills that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state.
State Senator Rich Madaleno introduced Senate Bill 1028 in the Maryland Senate. State Delegate Bonnie Cullison introduced House Bill 902 in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Madaleno, who is running for governor, on Friday announced on his Twitter page that “denying young people their humanity with conversion therapy is inhumane.”
“We need to ensure a better future for children free of this mental abuse, Maryland’s governor needs to be at the forefront of this fight!”
FreeState Justice Executive Director Mark Procopio says that the bills send “a clear message to LGBTQ youth across our state that they are welcomed and respected in Maryland.”
The Pride Foundation of Maryland stated it “unequivocally supports passage of this legislation.”
“Conversion therapy attempts to erase LGBT people from the world, and it is unconscionable to allow it anywhere in this country, Maryland can be at the forefront of American society in codifying for LGBT people the right of self-expression.”
to date, Nine states and Washington D.C. have banned so-called conversion therapy for minors.
Virginia lawmakers in recent weeks have also since tabled two bills that would have banned the widely discredited practice, and the New Hampshire House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit it in the state.