The article notes that a number of primarily coastal states and jurisdictions have recently outlawed conversion therapy thanks to bipartisan support. The bad news, however, is that the heartland of so-called red states has been largely intractable on this issue.
Refreshingly, while the United States often lags Canada and Western Europe on social issues, the Yanks are on the vanguard of this issue while the Canucks and Euros lag behind and are slower to ban the practice.
The Republican-controlled Congress in Washington, however, has shown no traction on this issue. Democrats have introduced ban legislation, but then it dies a slow death through legislative inaction, thanks to the GOP.
Some studies have shown that less than 5 percent of Americans have a positive impression of conversion therapy, while more than half of Americans have a deeply negative opinion. It is therefore disheartening to realize that conservative politicians are pandering the very small fraction of the populace while ignoring the vast majority on this issue.