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Senate Approves Bill Banning Sexual Conversion Therapy

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Senate has approved a bill that would ban therapies aimed at turning gay young people straight.

Lawmakers voted 14-5 on Friday to approve SB353. The bill now heads to the Assembly

The measure is sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Parks and would prohibit social workers and psychotherapists from providing sexual conversion therapy to people under the age of 18.

Parks said the therapy is unscientific, unethical and can permanently damage minors during their formative years.

Republican bill opponent Sen. Joe Hardy, who's a doctor, said the ban is too broad, and therapists asking standard questions might run afoul of it.

The bill was amended to remove language that addressed legal actions a victim of the conversion therapy could take against a therapist. 

AP-WF-05-23-15 0629GMT

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