Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Md. conversion therapy ban

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) | A federal judge has thrown out a psychotherapist’s lawsuit challenging Maryland’s ban on treating minors with conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change a client’s homosexual orientation.

U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow’s ruling on Friday rejected Christopher Doyle’s claims that the state law violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom.

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Mary Washington elected to Maryland Senate

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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State Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) on Nov. 6 became the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the Maryland Senate.

Washington in June defeated longtime state Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City) in the Democratic primary. Washington ran unopposed in the general election.

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Bisexual Md. lawmaker joins Democratic Party

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Maryland lawmaker who came out as bisexual earlier this year and said her parents suggested that she undergo so-called conversion therapy has joined the Democratic Party.

State Del. Meagan Simonaire (D-Anne Arundel County) on Oct. 15 declared herself a Democrat when she filled out a voter registration form at the Maryland Board of Elections office in Annapolis.

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Madaleno mocks Democratic opponent at Victory Fund brunch

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno speaks at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual National Champagne Brunch in D.C. on April 8, 2018. (D-Montgomery County)

Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) on Sunday at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch in D.C. mocked a Democratic opponent who said he “prances around Annapolis.”

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