Friday, June 29, 2018

Will Maine's Governor Sign a Bill Banning LGBTQ Conversion Therapy?

Maine Governor Paul LePage has a controversial record on LGBT rights (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Metro Weekly reports:

State lawmakers in Maine have approved a bill to ban the practice of conversion therapy on minors, but Gov. Paul LePage has not indicated whether he intends to sign it into law.

LePage, a Republican, has amassed a record that many LGBTQ groups characterize as hostile during his two terms in office. But he has not taken a position on this particular bill, which passed the Democratic-led House of Representatives by an 80-55 margin and the Republican-controlled Senate on a 19-12 vote.

If LePage decides to veto the bill, neither margin is sufficient to overturn a veto.

The bill would prohibit licensed therapists and counselors from attempting to administer therapies aimed at changing a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If they break the law, they could face penalties or risk the loss of their license.

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