Bills would bar gay 'conversion' therapy in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 18, 2013 6:37 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Some state Democratic lawmakers want to bar Pennsylvania mental-health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay minors.

State representatives Brian Sims of Philadelphia and Gerald Mullery of Luzerne County say they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill to bar gay ``conversion'' therapy for minors.

Senator Anthony Williams of Philadelphia recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate.

Sims is the first openly gay candidate elected to the Legislature. 

New Jersey's Republican governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature recently banned the practice and California has passed a similar law.

Mullery says conversion therapy amounts to medical and parental bullying that can lead to low self-esteem and even suicide.

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