Nevada is 8th state to ban conversion therapy

HRC praised Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval for signing into law Senate Bill (SB) 201 - legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the unsafe and discredited practice of so-called "conversion therapy".

Democratic State Senator David Parks, the legislator who sponsored SB 201, said in a statement that the law was "a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state".

None of the bills passes by Republican governors have targeted religious counselors or parents, but more so counselors and medical offices that are public in nature.

The measure was approved in the Nevada Assembly earlier this month by a 31-8 vote and in the Nevada Senate in April by a 15-5 vote.

On May 2, Doyle's pro-reparative therapy Task Force filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against three pro-homosexual-"transgender" organizations, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Nevada, Connecticut, New Mexico, California, Vermont, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and the District of Columbia all outlaw conversion therapy for minors. Remarkably, a full half of state bans on the practice were signed by Republican governors, albeit in blue-to-purple states: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Illinois', and Chris Christie signed New Jersey's shortly before his fall from grace. The American Psychological Association has stated that the practice can be damaging, and can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.

Some parents seek the treatment at anti-gay camps or religious-based therapy in an attempt to change children's sexual orientation. "Nevada knows that all of our children are born ideal", said NCLR Born flawless Campaign Director Carolyn Reyes in a statement.

'No child should be put through the risky and inhumane practice of conversion therapy, ' said HRC President Chad Griffin. It is nothing short of child abuse.

Cincinnati, Ohio is the only other city to specifically ban the practice, joined by Seattle in November 2016.