Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Makes Third Attempt

If passed, the legislation would ban the practice on minors in Colorado

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Colorado’s legislators have set the stage for fixing an oversight from the last session that cost special districts millions of dollars in tax revenue from marijuana sales.Lawmakers hope a pair of bills introduced in the first week of the new session will accomplish what a special session in October did not on pot tax.

Openly gay U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon recently declined to meet Vice President Mike Pence at the Pyeongchang Olympics over his perceived stances on LGBT policy, bringing the issue of conversion therapy back to the fore. Eight states have banned the practice, and a handful of state lawmakers hope to make Colorado next in line.

In Pence’s 2000 Senate campaign, his website stated that he supported funding for “institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior,” which was largely inferred to mean gay conversion therapy practices.

After Rippon competed earlier this month, he criticized Pence’s policies, telling ABC News, “I’m very lucky because legislation that he’s pushed hasn’t affected my life at all.”

Four legislators introduced Colorado’s House Bill 1245 earlier this month.

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