- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon could become the third state to ban so-called gay conversion therapy after the Senate cleared a bill outlawing the practice.

The measure makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice therapy treatments that aim to change the sexual orientation of children younger than 18.

The practice has drawn criticism for its suggestion that homosexuality is something that can or should be “cured.”

President Barack Obama conveyed his support for proposals banning the therapy earlier this month. Similar laws have been enacted in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Opponents have argued they should be able to choose which therapies they want.

Oregon Senators voted 21-8 Thursday to prohibit the practice. The measure already passed the House and now heads to the governor.

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