"Conversion therapy does not benefit anyone in any way, it only causes unimaginable pain and suffering,” said the Puerto Rican official.
“As a father, as a scientist, and as governor of everyone in Puerto Rico, I firmly believe that the idea that there are people in our society who need treatment due to their gender identity or love life is not only absurd, but is harmful to so many children and youths who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” Rossello said.
“I strive for Puerto Rico to be a society in which everyone, no matter who they love, can be accepted, and live without fear of persecution. This includes the most vulnerable in society- our children- who must be supported and loved," he said.
The order will be signed within the following days, local media sources say.
So-called conversion therapy is a horrifying and abusive practice. I applaud Puerto Rico's Governor @ricardorossello for banning it. It's time Congress passed legislation I've cosponsored to ban it nationwide.https://t.co/3gi14UG1NZ
From Twitter, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz wrote,”Conversion therapies are inhumane and seek to deprive human beings of their dignity. Love is love. It is a simple concept. The compatriots of the LGBT+ community love, period. And love always, always wins over hate. ALWAYS.”
California Senator Kamala Devi Harris also cheered the governor’s decision, tweeting, “So-called conversion therapy is a horrifying and abusive practice. I applaud Puerto Rico's Governor @ricardorossello for banning it. It's time Congress passed legislation I've cosponsored to ban it nationwide.”