Rhode Island Approves Ban On Conversion Therapy

Jul 6, 2017

By John Riley

On the final day of their legislative session, Rhode Island lawmakers approved a bill banning the practice of conversion therapy by licensed counselors on residents under the age of 18.

The Senate voted to approve the House version of the bill, which allows the Department of Health to discipline those licensed counselors who engage in the therapy with minors. The bill also prohibits public funds from being used to facilitate the practice of conversion therapy.

The prohibition on the therapy does not apply to therapy or counseling sought by an individual who is struggling with accepting or navigating issues related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), who is expected to sign it into law.

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  • @OP – On the final day of their legislative session, Rhode Island lawmakers approved a bill banning the practice of conversion therapy by licensed counselors on residents under the age of 18.

    It seems there is a clear split developing between different Christian denominations!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40546644

    The Church {of England}’s four-day general synod meeting in York started on Friday.

    On Saturday, the general synod voted clearly in favour of a motion calling for a ban on so-called conversion therapy for LGBT Christians.

    The debate was emotional but the vote conclusive.

    Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “As the world listens to us the world needs to hear us say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime.

    “LGBT orientation and identity is not a sickness. And LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin”

    While splits over sexuality remain, liberal Anglicans see the vote as a victory.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said the Church will spend three years on a document outlining a new stance on sexuality.

    Current rules ban the marriage of same-sex couples in church.

    Services of blessing for civil partnerships are also prohibited, but informal prayers are allowed.



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