SENATOR PARKS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF CONVERSION THERAPY BAN

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May 9, 2017

SENATOR PARKS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF CONVERSION THERAPY BAN

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada State Senator David Parks released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 201 by the Nevada State Assembly. Senate Bill 201 would ban the practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy on minors in the state of Nevada. The Assembly passed the bill 31-8. 

“I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly for their bipartisan support of Senate Bill 201. Conversion therapy is a dangerous, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide amongst LGBTQ youth. By enacting this ban, Nevada will join six other states in taking a strong stand to protect young people from psychological and physical abuse. I look forward to seeing this bill become law in Nevada.”

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by mainstream medical associations, including the American Psychological Association. Senate Bill 201 passed the Nevada State Senate by a bipartisan vote of 15-5 on April 4th. The bill will return to the Senate today for a procedural vote and will be transmitted to Governor Sandoval for signature. 

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