MADISON, Wisc. — A Wisconsin state senator has introduced a bill banning “conversion therapy” in the state, local media reported. Four Wisconsin cities have already banned it.
Senator Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee is among the authors of a bill introduced to ban conversion therapy.
“Can lead to teen suicides, kids running away from home, actually getting involved with drugs and alcohol,” says Sen. Tim Carpenter, (D)-Milwaukee.
The bill defines conversion therapy as “any practice that seeks to change an individual’s gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”
That includes any practice to change or eliminate someone’s behaviors of sexual or romantic feelings towards someone of the same sex.
“This is about saving lives and that is not a partisan issue.”
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia currently have bans on conversion therapy. In Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Cudahy, Madison, and Eau Claire have banned the practice.
Illinois passed a law banning “conversion therapy,” which has been debunked by every major medical and psychiatric organization in the U.S., in 2015.