Illinois House Rejects Bill Banning Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

The Illinois House has rejected a bill banning gay conversion therapy for minors, the Sun-Times reports:

CassidyThe measure, proposed by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, lost on a 44-51 roll call despite her plea to colleagues to stop gay, bisexual and transgender teens 17 and under from being “horribly and humiliatingly abused.”

“This treatment plan causes depression, causes suicidal actions and is incredibly harmful to children,” said Cassidy, who is openly lesbian and one of the lead architects of Illinois’ same-sex marriage law.

“The practice of conversion therapy is dismissed by every major scientific organization and should not be utilized. There’s not a single scientific basis for one’s sex orientation being a disorder,” she said. “We need to protect our children.”

A similar bill to ban the harmful practice recently failed in Minnesota and was withdrawn in Maryland. The measure is pending in New York.

Bills have passed in Washington state, New Jersey, and California,


  1. Terry says

    To Towleroad readers: The bill did NOT pass in Washington state. It only passed in the House and was not voted on by the Senate. It has not passed and is not law….

    Of course, we hope someday it will be.

  2. LincolnLounger says

    Instead of waiting with a solid roll call, Rep. Cassidy apparently cannot count. She chose to call her bill when there were 20 absences in the IL House, including a number of liberal supporters. Unfortunately, the bill received not even enough votes to revive it later and is dead. I cannot imagine what she was thinking.

  3. ChicagoR says

    LincolnLounger: I love Kelly, but maybe she’s been spending too much time around Heather “Vote Countula” Steans.