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Assembly panel to debate ‘conversion therapy’ bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An Assembly panel is set to consider a measure that would ban licensed therapists from trying to convert gay minors into heterosexuals.

The Women and Children’s Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill Thursday.

The state Senate was due to vote on the measure late last month, but the vote was delayed so some unspecified changes could be made to the legislation.

The idea of what is sometimes called “conversion therapy” has increasingly drawn criticism. It’s also spurred debate about the practice and how much say the state should have in parents’ decisions on how to raise their children.

Last year, four gay men sued a Jersey City group for fraud, saying its program included making them strip naked and attack effigies of their mothers with bats.