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February 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

“Ex lesbian” testifies on bill to ban gay-conversion therapy

Robin Goodspeed told the state Senators on Thursday that a bill preventing efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation implies that she is lying to herself. The self-described “ex-homosexual, ex-lesbian” testified at a Senate Health Care Committee against House Bill 2451. Passed in the state House 94-4 last week, the bill would prevent medical practices including…

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February 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Ban on therapy to change child’s sexual orientation moves forward

OLYMPIA – A Washington State House panel this week unanimously backed banning medical therapy aimed at changing a child’s sexual orientation, a surprising outcome given concerns expressed by Republicans last month. It is unclear whether the bill will get support in the GOP-controlled state Senate, but the unanimous House committee vote will certainly help. The GOP committee members signed…

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April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Key lawmaker: Abortion-insurance bill won’t get a vote in the Senate

OLYMPIA — One of the most contentious social issues of the 2013 legislative session won’t get a vote in the state Senate Health Care Committee, the chairwoman announced Monday afternoon. The so-called Reproductive Parity Act, which narrowly passed the Democrat-controlled state House on a party-line vote in February, would require health-insurance plans to cover abortions. Supporters…

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