Maine’s Governor Vetoes Conversion Therapy Ban

Currently, thirteen states prohibit conversion therapy, which helps individuals who want to overcome same-sex attractions get the counseling help they need. Maine could have been the fourteenth state to succumb to the Left’s social engineering tactics, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the legislation.

In his veto letter, LePage wrote, “I am vetoing LD 912 because it is bad public policy . . . This is so broad that licensed professionals would be prohibited from counseling an individual even at the individual’s own request . . . I also have grave concerns that LD 912 can be interpreted as a threat to an individual’s religious liberty.”

Beyond these issues, FACT President David Fowler points out another key concern for LePage: “[LePage’s letter] highlights the stark hypocrisy of the Legislature by refusing to ban female genital mutilation but trying to ban conversation.”

Fortunately, LePage’s veto survived after the House failed by 15 votes to override it.

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