New Mexico has become the latest state to sign into law a ban on sexual orientation change efforts therapy for minors, becoming the sixth state to do so. Last Friday, Republican Governor Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 121 into law, which banned what critics often label “gay conversion therapy.” Also known as reparative therapy, SOCE therapy for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction.

Critics claim the practice has damaging effects on patients while others argue that it helps a person overcome harmful unwanted sexual attraction. In a statement released Friday, Gov. Martinez argued that while she generally supported limited government, this matter was an exception.”I do not lightly enact legislation that makes government a party to the medical care decision-making of a parent and child,” stated Martinez.  MORE