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LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand ‘conversion therapy’ ban

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- LGBTQ activists joined by Gov. Tim Walz have rallied at the state Capitol to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors.

It's a practice that seeks to turn gay people straight.

The proposal passed the DFL-controlled House last year but failed in the Republican-led Senate.

Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis DFLer who is openly gay, says he plans try to get it passed this year.

Walz pointed out to a crowd of about 100 people at Friday's rally that 19 other states have enacted conversion therapy bans, most recently conservative Utah.

Associated Press

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