conversion therapy

Mal Leary / Maine Public

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Mal Leary / Maine Public

Before a packed cabinet room, Gov. Janet Mills has signed legislation that would ban conversion therapy, a practice aimed at trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

After more than two hours of debate that at times got emotional, the Maine House passed a measure on Wednesday that would prohibit state-licensed councilors from practicing conversion therapy on minors.

A bill to prevent therapy aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity has died after the Maine House failed Monday to override GOP Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the legislation.

The measure would have banned so-called "conversion therapy" in Maine. The governor said the ban would be bad public policy and that there is no evidence that any medical professionals in Maine are even using the therapy.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a hotly debated measure to ban a type of therapy intended to change a patient's sexual orientation.

The governor says the ban on "conversion therapy" is bad public policy and that there is no evidence that any medical professionals are even using the therapy in Maine.

LePage also expressed concern that the bill could infringe on religious freedom. Matt Moonen, executive director of Equality Maine, says LePage is wrong.

Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed six more bills, including two measures that rewrite the state’s marijuana laws.

LePage lists nearly a dozen objections to a measure that would change the medical marijuana law. He targeted another marijuana bill that he says would jeopardize public health, and he called on lawmakers to send him legislation that would provide more oversight of the medical marijuana program as the state implements adult recreational use.