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Maryland Has Become the 11th State to Ban Conversion Therapy

Maryland Has Become the 11th State to Ban Conversion Therapy

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Maryland Bans Gay Conversion Therapy
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Yes, only the 11th.

Maryland has just become the 11th state in America to ban conversion therapy, the practice of attempting to rewire someone's brain from gay to straight, often through electroshock procedures.

The practice has been widely discredited by scientists, including the American Psychological Association.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill prohibiting the practice Tuesday night. Senator Richard Madaleno sponsored the bill.

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"I think it's fantastic, because it will save the lives of young people in our state," Madaleno told CBS.

Delegate Meagan Simonaire spoke on the House floor about her experience coming out as bisexual and the depression caused by her parents recommending she receive conversion therapy.

"I'm so proud of everyone's hard work," Simonaire said to CBS of the bill's passing. "It's been a long time coming."

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