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New Mexico Bans Ex-Gay Conversion Therapy

Republican Governor Susana Martinez signed the ban into law today.

New Mexico has become the latest state to ban so-called reparative therapy on minors, as Republican governor today signed into law a measure that bans doctors, nurses and licensed therapists from trying to alter someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.

The state is now the seventh to prohibit conversion therapy, which has been discredited by the AMA and most every other medical and psychological organization as unscientific, unproven and harmful. A number of cities—including Cincinnati, Seattle, and Washington, DC—have outlawed the practice, as well.

Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), who authored the New Mexico bill, called its signing historic.

"We did it," Equality New Mexico said in a tweet. "Conversion Therapy has no place here. New Mexico kids are #BornPerfect."

The ban only applies to licensed health practitioners, not clergy. It changes provisions in the state's consumer-protection law and lays out disciplinary measures for infractions.

h/t: Daily Beast