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Appeals court upholds decision to dismiss suit challenging N.J. conversion therapy ban

Monday, April 13, 2015
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A judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy was upheld Monday by a federal appeals court. [...]

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State-by-state battle waged over ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Friday, April 10, 2015
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
There have been several setbacks this year for a state-by-state campaign to ban so-called conversion therapy for LGBT youth. But the White House is now officially an ally, and activists are hopeful of long-term success as they make a case that such treatments can have devastating consequences. [...]

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Washington state House approves ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Friday, April 10, 2015
Washington state capitol in Olympia.
The Washington state House of Representatives has passed a bill to prohibit therapy intended aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. [...]

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Obama calls for end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy. [...]

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Colorado Senate panel rejects bill to prohibit conversion therapy on minors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
A bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth in Colorado has been rejected by Republicans that control the state Senate. [...]

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Nevada bill would ban gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Nevada state capitol in Carson City.
The bill would prohibit social workers and psychotherapists from providing sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy to LGBT youth under the age of 18. [...]

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Illinois’ GOP governor, LGBT rights advocates find common ground

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.)
Gov. Bruce Rauner said he'll issue a directive that state agencies strictly enforce anti-discrimination laws, and that he'll appoint a liaison from his office to the LGBT community. [...]

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Iowa Senate approves conversion therapy ban for minors; House support unlikely

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Iowa
The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled House, where it will likely be declared dead amid strong opposition from Christian conservatives. [...]

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Oregon House approves bill banning conversion therapy on minors

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Oregon state capitol in Salem.
The bill would make it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals such as psychologists or psychiatrists to practice the therapy on children younger than 18. [...]

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Colorado state House passes bill to ban conversion therapy on minors

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Colorado
The bill will now be considered by the Senate, where its chances are less clear. That chamber is controlled by Republicans. [...]

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