Whitmer signs bills to ban conversion therapy on minors
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed bills to ban medical professionals from performing "conversion therapy" on youths in Michigan.
Conversion therapy is a medically discredited practice used in an effort to change a person's sexuality or gender identity.
“Since day one, I have made it clear that hate has no home in Michigan," Whiter said after the signing. "My administration is committed to addressing the systemic barriers faced by young LGBTQ+ Michiganders so that our state is a place where they are able to reach their full potential. The actions we take today will serve as a starting point in protecting our LGBTQ+ youth from the damaging practice of conversion therapy and in ensuring that Michigan is a reflection of true inclusion."
Medical professionals who violate the ban could lose their license.
Opponents to the ban said it's too vague and broad. Rep. Kathy Schmaltz (R-Jackson) said, “Threatening mental health professionals with punishment if they cross a vague and confusing line is wrong."
"I offered an amendment that would have provided much-needed clarity to the convoluted and confusing definition contained in this legislation, but that amendment was defeated. Without any additional clarity, I cannot support these bills. In addition, kids must be allowed to speak freely during therapy about whatever is weighing on their hearts and minds," Schmaltz said.