- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved a ban on therapy supporters say can change the sexual orientation of young gays.

There was no debate on the measure before it was OK’d 68-43. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy sponsors the bill which gay and lesbian advocates support. The Chicago Democrat says conversion therapy can increase the risk of suicide and “mental anguish” in teenagers struggling with their sexuality.

The initiative would prevent mental health providers from using the treatment on anyone under the age of 18.

Just last year, the House defeated a similar Cassidy plan 44-51 - with 22 members not voting.

California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. have enacted bans.

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The bill is HB217.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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