Rauner signs gay conversion therapy ban for young people

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill banning therapists from trying to change a young person's sexuality.

The Republican approved the so-called "gay conversion therapy" ban on Thursday. His office didn't immediately offer a statement.

The measure keeps therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person younger than 18. Providers who don't comply could face disciplinary action

Supporters of the measure have argued conversion therapy has been discredited and can be harmful to young people. But opponents have questioned whether therapists would be punished unfairly and say a ban limits parents' treatment decisions.

Similar legislation has been enacted in California and New Jersey. Earlier this year President Barack Obama conveyed his support for such bans.

Online: www.ilga.gov

The bill is HB217.

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