NH Senate again backs ban on gay conversion therapy

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Senate has again passed a bill that would ban therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

The bill approved Thursday is identical to one the Senate passed last year, but the House killed in January. The House later passed a slightly different version, and those differences would have to be reconciled in order for the bill to advance to the governor.

Supporters of the measure say the therapy is inappropriate, ineffective and harmful. But opponents say there's no evidence it happens in the state, and that state licensing boards already have the authority to regulate and discipline any practitioner who uses coercive tactics.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)