The state senate of Virginia passed a bill on Tuesday which, if it passes in the lower house of the legislature, would make the commonwealth the 20th state to prohibit so-called LGBTQ conversion therapy for people under the age of 18.
Senate Bill No. 245, introduced by Democratic state Senator Scott Surovell of Rocky Mount earlier this month, would amend Virginia’s statutory law to state that no counselor can lawfully “engage in conversion therapy with a person under 18 years of age.”
“Not only is this practice harmful to our youth developing their gender identity, but from a legal standpoint, conversion therapy is abusive given the mental health repercussions,” Surovell wrote in a statement emailed to Newsweek. “This bill will protect our children from beliefs rooted in bigotry.”
The bill passed by a vote of 21 to 18. All of the senators who…
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