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NY advocates renew push for law banning 'conversion therapy'

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Advocates are making another push for a New York law banning therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

Dozens of social workers joined students, LGBT activists and lawmakers Wednesday at the state Capitol to call on the Republican-led Senate to take up the legislation banning gay conversion therapy. The measure has passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly several years in a row.

State psychiatric and psychological associations oppose therapy aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.

Democratic Sen. Brady Hoylman's legislation has yet to make it out of committee, but has the support of at least one Senate Republican, co-sponsor Phil Boyle of Long Island.

The measure would ban mental health care professionals from practicing conversion therapy with patients under 18.

AP-WF-04-25-18 1608GMT

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