A ban on trying to change the sexual orientation of minors through conversion therapy, a discredited practice blamed for everything from depression to teen suicide, was unanimously passed Wednesday by the Senate and speedily signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
“As a gay youth and now a gay adult, never was I broken nor in need of being fixed. Being gay is not a disease and therefore does not require a cure.” That’s how Rep. Jeffrey Currey introduced a bill banning the discredited practice of conversion therapy Tuesday. It passed, 141-8.
They were surrounded by Democratic allies, but gay activists tried to avoid partisan politics Monday as they called for passage of a state law banning conversion therapy, the discredited practice of using psychological aversion techniques such as electric shock to change a young person’s sexual orientation. The LGBT community sees potential in Connecticut for a bipartisan victory.