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Walz to sign order banning conversion therapy

Photo: AP Photo/Steve Karnowski/File. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urges Minnesota lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Minneapolis, to pass a ban on Photo: AP Photo/Steve Karnowski/File. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urges Minnesota lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Minneapolis, to pass a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people straight. With the aid of a sign-language interpreter in the foreground, Walz spoke to about 100 LGBTQ activists and their supporters.

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Created: July 14, 2021 07:21 PM

(KSTP) - Gov. Tim Walz is set to bypass the Minnesota Legislature and ban conversion therapy in the state.

The governor's office said Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will participate in a signing ceremony for an executive order on Thursday morning.

The order will protect LGBTQ+ youth from conversion therapy, something the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate has pushed back on. Conversion therapy has already been banned by some cities in the state, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.

A total of 20 states in the U.S. ban conversion therapy for minors, and four others partially ban the practice, according to Family Equality.

The signing ceremony is set for 11 a.m.


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