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Maryland Senate passes ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Maryland Senate passes ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

After a lengthy debate across a partisan divide, the Maryland Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it illegal for licensed mental health professionals to offer therapy to minors that is intended to change one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

The legislation now moves to the House, where it faces an uncertain reception. A similar proposal has not received a vote in committee.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, the bill’s sponsor and the first openly gay member of the state Senate, said it could prevent suicides among youths struggling with their sexuality or gender identity.

But Republicans warned the legislation defines conversion therapy too broadly, and that...

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