Columbus—Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D–Columbus) applauded the statement by President Obama and his Administration to ban the use of conversion therapy for transgender and gay youth in America.

“Protecting our youth should be a top priority for those in leadership from the national level down to the local level,” stated Senator Tavares. “I am proud of the leadership that President Obama has shown regarding this issue. It is important that our young people feel safe in their homes and communities to express themselves without fear of exclusion and painful treatment.

Senator Tavares has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 74, which would ban the use of conversion therapy in Ohio. If passed, the bill would allow a state board to impose one or more sanctions including suspension, revocation, or refusal to issue or renew a certificate,  license, or registration to a health professional who engaged in the practice.

“The idea that we are forcing youth to change who they are is not right,” stated Tavares. “Conversion therapy has shown that it can do a great deal of damage and in some cases lead to suicide.”

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for minors who identify as homosexual. New Jersey and the District of Columbia have also passed similar laws banning the practice.

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