Nebraska lawmakers consider bill to ban conversion therapy

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(WOWT) — Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban conversion therapy.

The controversial practice claims to change someone’s sexual orientation using psychological interventions.

Some call the practice psychological abuse, a method that over the years has even included shock-therapy.

Many faith-based groups worry the bill would prevent them from counseling young people based on religion.

“There are techniques out there that are wrong and have been condemned universally,” said Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference. “But this bill goes beyond those techniques and it goes against the intimate to get the help they believe they need.”

Josephy Couch said he decided to come out publicly last week. It gave him the confidence to talk about it Thursday.

“Good people believe they are doing good things getting them help,” he said. “When their son is gay, they think ‘he’s going to hell.’ And that’s not true.”

The author of the bill, State Sen. Megan Hunt, explained tonight that this bill would still allow counselors to preach what they believe; they just couldn’t charge for it.

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