- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - There have been several setbacks this year for a state-by-state campaign to ban so-called conversion therapy for gay, lesbian and transgender youth. But the White House is now officially an ally, and activists are hopeful of long-term success as they make a case that such treatments can have devastating consequences.

Groups advocating the bans were elated Wednesday when President Barack Obama conveyed his support for measures banning psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing minors’ sexual orientation. Just hours earlier, a Colorado Senate committee defeated a proposed ban bill there.

Colorado was one of at least 18 states where bans were being considered this year. Bans were enacted previously in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., but it’s possible only a handful of other states might join them this year.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide