Nevada governor signs bill to ban conversion therapy

Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sandoval addresses supporters at the Nevada Republican Party's Election Night event in Las Vegas, NV, November 2, 2010.

Story highlights

  • Governor: "This law will help protect some of our state's most vulnerable youth"
  • Conversion therapy has been denounced by several leading medical groups

(CNN)Nevada this week became the eight state to ban conversion therapy, a practice in which mental health professionals try to change the sexual orientation of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 201 on Wednesday, which makes it illegal for a physician or other health professional to perform therapy on individuals younger than 18.
    Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.
    "Conversion therapy has been disavowed by medical experts and is considered a non-effective me