Washington Senate passes conversion ban, transgender bullying bills

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill seeking to ban therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

Senate Bill 5722 passed on a 32-16 vote Friday and now heads to the House. The measure would deem it “unprofessional conduct” for a licensed health care provider to perform conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18.

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Washington Senate upholds bathroom protections for transgender people

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Olympia, Wash. (AP) – Urged by lawmakers who said the Legislature must protect civil rights, Washington’s full Senate narrowly rejected a bill that would have repealed a new state rule allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their gender identity.

Three Republicans, the chamber’s majority party, joined many Democrats in rejecting the measure on a 25-24 vote.

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