Oregon this week became the third state to ban conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice aimed at changing the sexual orientation of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the country, signed on Monday the bill into law, which bars therapists from performing conversion therapy on individuals under 18. Similar laws already exist in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
The American Psychological Association has repudiated the practice of gay conversion therapy, citing the negative effects on patients and the lack of evidence to suggest that the practice is effective.
The ban will not apply to religious groups and organization, only to mental health practitioners licensed by the state.