Pa Dems Want To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

09.18.13 | Bob Price

Some state Democratic lawmakers want to bar Pennsylvania mental-health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay minors. Reps. Brian Sims of Philadelphia and Gerald Mullery of Luzerne County said Tuesday they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill to bar gay "conversion" therapy for minors. Sen. Anthony Williams of Philadelphia recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate.  Sims is the first openly gay candidate elected to the Legislature. New Jersey's Republican governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature recently banned the practice and California has passed a similar law  Mullery says conversion therapy amounts to medical and parental bullying that can lead to low self-esteem and even suicide.