Illinois Assembly sends ban on gay conversion therapy to Governor Rauner

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SPRINGFIELD — A bill designed to ban “gay conversion therapy” is now on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk.

On Friday, the Illinois Senate passed the measure by a 34-19 vote. It had already passed the House.

The legislation states that no one under 18 should be given therapy or referred to therapy that has a goal of changing his or her sexual orientation, and mental health providers that do so will be considered to have unprofessional conduct and will face disciplinary action such as monetary fines, probation, temporary or permanent license revocation.

Businesses that advertise or offer conversion therapy services in a way that represents homosexuality as a mental illness could face lawsuits under Illinois consumer fraud laws.

If the bill is signed into law, Illinois will become the fourth state to ban the practice.

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