SB 65 Summary
, see the bill language.
SB65 prohibits "conversion therapy," which the bill defines as “any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity..." including "any effort to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender."
SB 65 BANS any discussion or conversation between a licensed professional and a child that affirms his biological reality and helps him align with his faith and moral beliefs, regardless of self-determined goals. It bans any discussions that do not promote the "gender fluidity" or homosexual ideology in a child.
The "any practice or treatment" can include talk therapy, which means that if a counselor simply talks to someone with gender identity issues about accepting their biological gender--even if that counselor is not forcing the client to accept their biological gender--this is conversion therapy.
The bill definition specifically allows therapy that encourages gender transitioning. Only therapy that is practiced "without seeking to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity" is allowed.
Medical professionals, counselors, and psychologists who practice "conversion therapy" or "[refer] a child to a provider in another jurisdiction to receive conversion therapy" will be subject to disciplinary action, including losing their license.
This law erroneously includes simple discussion about accepting biological sex as part of the banned "conversion therapy."