Speaker Chandler breaks 2 straight ties to keep conversion therapy for minors legal in New Hampshire
Concord, N.H. - Today, the New Hampshire House considered two bills to ban conversion therapy on minors, but the state's newly-elected Republican House Speaker Gene Chandler twice voted to break ties in order to reject both bills and continue the abusive practice in the state. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Today, Gene Chandler defined his new speakership by breaking two ties to single-handedly continue the abusive practice of conversion therapy on minors in New Hampshire. It's embarrassing that the majority of Republicans voted the way they did, but it's not surprising. This session alone, Republicans have voted to keep the marriage age at 13 and rejected transgender rights legislation. In upholding conversion therapy, New Hampshire Republicans are telling children that who they are is not good enough. Today's votes sadly codify that sentiment. Rather than taking any leadership position, Governor Sununu let the law stand without so much as a word of opposition while appointing an Education Commissioner who supports the practice. These votes demonstrates just how deeply the Republican Party is morally failing New Hampshire in 2018."