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Colorado governor signs conversion therapy ban

Gov. Jared Polis, who is gay, signed a bill making Colorado the 18th U.S. state to ban conversion therapy.
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DENVER — Psychotherapy that seeks to change minors' sexual orientation or gender identity is now illegal in Colorado.

Gov. Jared Polis signed the ban into law on Friday during a Capitol ceremony. 

Psychology's governing bodies have denounced so-called conversion therapy, which treats being gay or transgender as a mental illness.

Research shows it increases the risk of suicide, drug abuse and depression among teens.    

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Polis, who is gay, says he's thrilled to launch LGBTQ Pride Month in June by outlawing what he calls a "tortuous practice" harming children.

Colorado becomes the 18th U.S. state - and the fourth this year - to ban conversion therapy.

Polis also signed into law a bill making it much easier for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificates, identification documents and driver's licenses.

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