Some conservative groups are angry at Governor Bruce Rauner after he approved legislation that bans therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of teens.
The so-called “gay conversion therapy” ban applies to patients younger than 18.
The Illinois Family Institute says the new law will prevent teens from being able to get rid of an “unwanted” same-sex attraction. In a statement released this week, the group says – in part – that the new law interferes in private decisions between patients and their therapists. Supporters of the law say that this specific law is only intended to protect teens until the reach the age of majority and are able to make their own decisions on the subject.
Chad Griffin, with the Human Rights Campaign, says that gay conversion therapy is a “risky and appalling practice based on junk pseudoscience that amounts to nothing less than child abuse.”
IFI also accuses Rauner’s wife, Diana, of lying in a campaign ad when she said Rauner doesn’t have a social agenda.