(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – The stories told by Senate Bill 201 supporters were horrifying: electrodes on sensitive body parts and ice baths intended to change someone’s sexual orientation.
What’s happening behind the scenes at the Legislature, however, shows that those stories are just smoke screens for banning speech that liberals find intolerable.
SB201, sponsored by Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, would ban “conversion therapy” for minors. Listening to SB201 supporters, you’d think that conversion therapy always involves physical abuse.
But that’s not what the bill seeks to outlaw. SB201 defines conversion therapy as “any practice or treatment that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person.”
That’s far from a ban on shock therapy. It’s a prohibition on any practice or treatment — and you can’t get broader than “any” — aimed at producing a certain result.