Ban On ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Could Make Progress In Olympia This Year
A bill to ban the controversial practice of trying to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ people is making its way through the Washington Senate.
The bill considers so-called ‘conversion therapy’ for people under 18 “unprofessional conduct” for health care providers.
Carey Morris from Equal Rights Washington testified in favor of the bill Thursday. She said its passage would send a strong message to LGBTQ youth.
“Our educated, knowledgeable, experienced professionals have told us, this is a step in protecting kids in Washington,” Morris said. “And I think it’s a really important step, they’re listening. And we can say we hear you, we see you, we think you’re worthy. And more importantly we shouldn’t have regrets because we know this is the right thing to do.”
But some therapists testified the ban is unnecessary, hard to enforce, and could interfere with their practices.
Past efforts to ban conversion therapy have died in the Republican-controlled Senate. But this year Democrats are in control of both houses.
Seattle passed a ban on gay conversion therapy last year through a unanimous vote in the city council.
Uncertainty reigns about what federal public lands will be open if the congressional budget standoff leads to a partial government shutdown. Closed national parks and forest campgrounds were among the most visible effects the last time the federal government partially shut down in October 2013. Continue Reading How Will A Government Shutdown Affect Public Lands?
After huge cracks appeared on Rattlesnake Ridge last year, geologists expect a landslide is coming at the mountain near Yakima. But they’re having a hard time nailing down just when it will go. Continue Reading When Will Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Near Yakima ‘Go’? Geologists Say It’s Hard To Predict
A coalition of news outlets have won a partial victory in a public records lawsuit against the Washington Legislature. A judge in Thurston County said lawmakers are subject to the state’s public disclosure law. Continue Reading News Outlets Sue, Judge Agrees: Washington Lawmaker Records Open To Public