Governor LePage vetoes legislation that would ban conversion therapy

Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 4:10 PM EDT
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Maine lawmakers recently voted to ban conversion therapy, but the Governor vetoed that bill today saying it's bad public policy.

This method of therapy uses interventions designed to try to convert gay people to's a practice prohibited in thirteen other states.

Before today, Governor LePage had not taken a public position on the issue, but in his veto message, he said, "This is so broad that licensed professionals would be prohibited from counseling an individual even at the individual's own request."

The governor also expressed concern the legislation could be interpreted as a threat to religious liberty.

He also stated there's no evidence this type of therapy is being used anywhere in Maine.