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Yes: Gay “Cure” Therapy Now Outlawed in Hawaii 

Yes: Gay “Cure” Therapy Now Outlawed in Hawaii

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Hawaii governor: "Sexual orientation is not an illness to be 'cured' – we accept you just the way you are."

The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, signed SB 270 yesterday, banning gay "cure" therapy for minors, effective on July 1. This is now the 12th U.S. state to ban gay "cure" therapy.

The bill bans professionals from "engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising the offering of sexual orientation change efforts on persons under eighteen years of age".

As Attitude also pointed out, in a statement with Ige, he said: "Overwhelming scientific research has shown that 'conversion therapy' is not effective and frequently has lasting, harmful psychological impacts on minors. This practice is neither medically nor ethically appropriate. For our LGBT youth, this therapy often results in feelings of isolation, depression and hopelessness - and has no place in Hawaii, or in the lives of our youth."

He also took to Twitter saying " Signed SB270, prohibits therapists from "#conversiontherapy" to patients under 18. I'm proud to join the 11 other states and send a strong message to our #LGBT youth: that sexual orientation is not an illness to be "cured" - we accept you just the way you are. #BornPerfect #HIGov"

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