LANSING — Legislation was filed this week to make Michigan the 17th state to ban “conversion therapy.”
WDIV-TV reported that Michigan St. Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) and Michigan St. Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) introduced Senate Bill 284 and House Bill 4515 to protect LGBTQ youth.
“Eradicating conversion therapy will send a clear message that Michigan is a place where discrimination will not be tolerated,” McMorrow told the TV station. “If we want to attract and retain talented, hardworking people in our communities, we need to ensure that our state is welcoming and open to all.”
“Conversion therapy is based on prejudice and has been discredited by modern medicine,” Rabhi said. “It is time to end the brutal legacy of this practice, which has caused deep psychological damage for many Michiganders.”
Illinois passed a law banning “conversion therapy,” which has been debunked by every major medical and psychiatric organization in the U.S., in 2015. Wisconsin filed a bill to ban it in March of this year.