17 of 50, Maine Bans Conversion Therapy on Gay Minors.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) siting the legislation.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) siting the legislation.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) has signed legislation to ban the practice of gay conversion therapy on minors.

“Today I signed into law a bill banning conversion therapy, a widely-discredited practice that has no place in Maine,” Mills said on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Today, we send an unequivocal message to young LGBTQ people: we stand with you, we support you, and we will always defend your right to be who you are,” continued the governor.

The bill blocks “advertising, offering and administering of therapy designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, also known as conversion therapy, to individuals under 18 years of age.”

This makes Maine the 17th state to ban the practice of this harmful “therapy” on minors. They join California, New York, Illinois, and other northeastern and western states.

No southern states have banned the practice thus far. Only Illinois has banned the practice outside of the southwest and northeast.