California’s state Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday to prohibit children and teenagers from undergoing a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality, moving the state closer to becoming the first to impose such a ban.
The 51-21 vote in the Democratic-controlled Assembly marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say the so-called conversion therapy has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder.
Opponents of the practice say such attempts to change sexual orientation can cause depression and lead to substance abuse and suicide.
Several openly gay legislators championed the bill in emotional speeches during the floor debate, citing their own childhood experiences.
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