SB65 passed the Senate yesterday with 12 yes votes, 3 no votes, 4 Senators not voting, 2 absent. Three Republicans voted for the bill: Ernie Lopez, Cathy Cloutier and Anthony Delcollo. Two Democrats did not vote: Bruce Ennis and Bobby Marshall. I suppose we should be grateful that these old timers did outright vote no. They should however consider retirement. They are out of time with both culture and party. Colin Bonini was in the hospital so he has an excuse for his absence. Greg Lavelle was once again conveniently absent.
This is a bill that will ban Gay Conversion Therapy, which is a “practice” or “treatment” that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including any effort to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender. Conversion therapy has been rejected by all mainstream medical and mental health organizations, and there is no credible evidence that it is effective. Moreover, this practice poses enormous health risks to LGBTQ youth, including an increased sense of shame, guilt, hopelessness, stress, and anger, thus increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, and self-harm. The harm done by conversion therapy can last well into adulthood.
SPONSORS: McDowell, Heffernan, Henry, Sokola, Townsend, Baumbach, Bentz, Keeley, Kowalko, Osienski, Ramone, M.Smith
YES VOTES: HOUSE: _______ SENATE: Bushweller, Cloutier, Delcollo, Hansen, Henry, Lopez, McBride, McDowell, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh
NO VOTES: HOUSE: _________ SENATE: Hocker, Lawson, Richardson (Bonini and Lavelle were absent. Ennis, Marshall, Pettyjohn, Simpson did not vote)
HISTORY: Passed the Senate 12-3-4-2.
STATUS: Sent to the House.