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Ohio bill would prohibit conversion therapy of gay youths

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Democratic state legislator from Columbus wants to make Ohio the next state to ban licensed counselors from trying to change a youth’s sexual orientation.

“If they are already questioning their sexuality, we don’t want them to think there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed,” Sen. Charleta Tavares said.

California banned sexual-orientation therapy last year for anyone younger than 18. In August, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, signed a similar law. Tavares said her bill more closely mirrors the New Jersey law, leaving penalties up to professional licensing boards.

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