The Assembly passed a bill prohibiting counseling by licensed professionals to change the sexual orientation of children who are under age 18.
A3371 states that individuals who are licensed to provide professional counseling, psychiatrists, psychologists, certified social workers, marriage and family therapists, among others – are prohibited from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts.”
These efforts are commonly known as conversion therapies.
The bill passed 56-14-7.
The bill defines “sexual orientation change efforts,” or conversion therapies, as the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual persuasion, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.