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Hawaii wants to be the next US state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

Hawaii wants to be the next US state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

LGBTI rights activists at Honolulu Pride fight for freedom

Hawaii wants to be the next US state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors.

Lawmakers have proposed a law that would protect LGBTI teens from the practice that the World Health Organization calls very dangerous to a person’s mental and physical health.

The bill would make it illegal for teachers or counselors to try to change someone’s sexuality and ban advertising promoting the abusive fake ‘cures’.

‘Teenagers are quite vulnerable,’ Democratic Rep. Della Au Belatti said. ‘This is an issue because we don’t want them to be subject to further pressure and stigmatization during their formative years in school.’

Republican Rep. Bob McDermott, who vociferously challenged the state’s same-sex marriage law, said parents should be able to decide whether to give their children ‘treatment’.

He said: ‘What if I want my kids – they’re questioning, they’re on the fence – and I want to steer them to the rich life of being a heterosexual, and as a parent, I don’t have that right?’

Hawaii was the 14th US state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013.

So far, ‘gay cure’ therapy has been banned for minors in California, New Jersey, Illinois and Oregon.