House Bill Would Regulate Conversion Therapy

Feb 21, 2013

Marko Liias
Rep. Marko Liias speaks during the debate before a House vote on gay marriage Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A new House bill proposed by State Representative Marko Liias would establish a panel to investigate the effects of sexual orientation conversion therapy -- also known as 'straight camp' -- for minors in Washington state. Liias is one of several openly gay legislators in Washington, and he said in a press release that conversion therapy has “no basis in science or medicine, and it is vital that we bring together the proper health experts to better understand the impacts.”

Currently, a California law that would ban this therapy for minors is in the appeals process. Ross Reynolds discusses conversion therapy with Representative Liias and hears from people that have undergone that treatment.