SB 201 was amended Friday and will be heard again on the Assembly Floor tomorrow, Monday, May 8th. The amendment did not significantly change the content of the bill.
SB 201 is still a ban on free speech and religious freedom.
SB 201 will prohibit licensed psychotherapists from talking with minors regarding unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity. If their same sex attraction is unwanted they will be denied access to a professional help.
Under the amended bill, SB 201 still defines “conversion therapy”as any practice or treatment that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person, a practice or treatment that seeks to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward persons of the same gender. A counselor can only provide acceptance and support.
We are asking the Assembly to protect religious freedom and free speech and accept the following amendment when the bill is heard on Monday.
The term (conversion therapy) does not include counseling that provides spiritual or other support and guidance to a person that uses speech alone to assist the person in discussing or achieving the desired sexual orientation or gender identity.
Please contact your legislator and encourage them to protect religious freedom and free speech.
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Read the testimony from the National Task Force for Therapy Equality