Canadian MPs vote to ban LGBT ‘conversion therapy’

Canada’s House of Commons has voted unanimously to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy. The legislation would make it illegal to have a child undergo the practice or have anyone unwillingly undergo it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals proposed the measure, though its passage prompted applause on both sides of the aisle.

The bill must now be approved by the upper chamber of parliament, the Senate. Conversion therapy, which purports to change individuals’ sexuality or gender identity, has been widely discredited. The House passed an earlier version of the bill in June, but it failed to clear the Senate before Mr Trudeau called an election in September. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole allowed his caucus to have a free vote on the issue. But unanimous support for the bill caught the other side by surprise, according to Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan.

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