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Ohio may be next state to ban gay conversion therapy

A Democratic state legislator in Ohio would like to see her state become the next to ban so-called gay conversion therapy, and has introduced a bill to block all licensed counselors from providing the discredited "treatment" to young people.

“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,” Democratic state Sen. Charleta Tavares told the Columbus Dispatch.

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

As the Dispatch notes, the Ohio Psychological Association is expected to back the bill, joining groups like the American Psychological Association in condemning the practice.

“It’s very well-documented that that kind of counseling just doesn’t work and actually does a lot of harm to people,” said Michael Ranney, executive director of the Ohio association. “It’s something most mental health counseling organizations would oppose.”

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