The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled debate on legislation that would prohibit LGBTQ conversion therapy in Massachusetts.
The House-passed bill has been placed on the Senate calendar for Thursday. A Senate committee has recommended passage of the measure.
Bill backers say conversion therapy intended to alter a person's sexual identity has been widely discredited by mental health professionals and can be harmful to children.
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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has said he is leaning toward signing the measure if it reaches his desk.
The head of the Massachusetts Family Institute has said a ban would likely be challenged in court. The group says it would eliminate options for youth struggling with sexual or gender identity.
More than a dozen other U.S. states prohibit LGBTQ conversion therapy.