Governor Baker signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

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BOSTON, (WWLP) – A major win for the LGBTQ Plus community as Governor Charlie Baker Monday signed into law a ban on conversion therapy for minors.

Massachusetts is now the sixteenth state in the country to ban conversion therapy. 

The law prohibits state-licensed health care providers from advertising or engaging in “sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts with a patient who is less than 18 years of age.”

However, opponents like the Massachusetts Family Institute said the law could impact the ability of religious leaders and others to counsel people who seek their help.

Governor Baker Monday also vetoed a proposal to lift a welfare benefits cap on families with children.

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