Ga. Lawmaker Proposes Ban On LGBT Conversion Therapy

Jan 26, 2016

State Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta) wants Georgia lawmakers to ban conversion therapy. She's filed a bill that would prevent psychiatric professionals and other therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of a minor.

"The American Psychological Association has ruled that this therapy is ineffective and doesn't work," Waites said on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress" earlier this month. "Over the years, you may have noticed that many teenagers have committed suicide under this particular type of therapy,"  

A similar bill failed to gain support in 2013. Speaking on Tuesday, Waites says she has concerns that election-year politics could make for another uphill battle.  

"For those individuals who are familiar with this process, specifically conservative Republicans, they've indicated that they do see merit in this legislation," Waites said. "However, given the political conversation, it would be very difficult for them to sign onto something like this."

According to Waites, the Southern Poverty Law Center has reached out in support of the bill, in addition to the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association.