[Ed. – Finally, some sanity. The First Amendment right to engage in so-called “gay conversion” counseling is not about coercing anyone; it’s about freedom of thought and choice, and limiting the regulatory reach of government. There’s no end to the activities that can be prohibited under the guise of outlawing “gay conversion counseling.”]
Republican Gov. Paul LePage of Maine vetoed a proposed gay conversion therapy ban on July 6, preventing Maine from becoming the 14th state where such counseling is prohibited.
The legislation sought to ban individuals under the age of 18 from receiving gay conversion counseling. As a summary of the amended bill explains, the bill “provides that advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age in the State is an unfair trade practice.”
An exception was included allowing members of the clergy to engage in conversion therapy. …
LePage defended his decision in his Friday veto announcement. LePage said he vetoed the bill “because it attempts to regulate professionals who already have a defined scope of practice and standard of care per their statutory licensing requirements.”