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Nevada Senate panel OKs ban on sexual conversion therapy for youth

A Nevada Senate panel has approved a bill that would ban therapies aimed at turning gay young people straight.

The Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee voted on Friday to approve SB353.

The bill is sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Parks and would prohibit social workers and psychotherapists from providing sexual conversion therapy to people under the age of 18.

Parks said the therapy is unscientific, unethical and can permanently damage minors during their formative years.

The bill was amended to remove language that addressed legal actions a victim of the conversion therapy could take against a therapist. It was granted an exemption from legislative deadlines in April.

The measure now moves to the Senate floor for a full vote.

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