Ohio Lawmaker Plans Bill to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors

A Democratic lawmaker in Ohio says she plans to follow California and New Jersey and ban conversion therapy for minors, the Dispatch reports:

Tavares“If they are already questioning their sexuality, we don’t want them to think there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed,” Sen. Charleta Tavares said.

California banned sexual-orientation therapy last year for anyone younger than 18. In August, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, signed a similar law. Tavares said her bill more closely mirrors the New Jersey law, leaving penalties up to professional licensing boards.

She said it is an issue that she and her Democratic colleagues thought they needed to be more proactive in addressing, noting the higher rates of suicide among gays. She said she does not know whether so-called conversion therapy is used much in Ohio, but she said that even if it’s rare, the bill still sends a message.

“We don’t want to do any harm to a child,” she said.

A similar bill has also been introduced in Pennsylvania by gay Rep. Brian Sims.


  1. nick says

    Ms. Tavares can try but here in Ahia-
    the GOTP’s control state government and the democratic minority cannot pass anything of a progressive or for that matter- sensible-nature. The districts are drawn to permanently favor Republicans.
    She is one of the very few friends LBGT people have in the legislature and I commend her for at least bringing this to the floor.

  2. jamal49 says

    Knowing how reactionary (i.e. Republican/evangelical) Ohio has become in the last decade, that bill won’t stand a chance. Christian filth run that state now.