In a post on Facebook, Andrews announced: “Gay, bi and trans people don’t need to be ‘cured’ – because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them. And if you think otherwise, maybe there’s something wrong with you.
“‘Conversion therapy’ destroys lives,” he went on to say. “It creates shame and stigma. And soon, it will be against the law in Victoria. This is an Australian first. And it’s the right thing to do. Because bigoted quackery has no place in this state. Not now. Not ever.”
In May last year, Andrews even hinted at “fixing” those who think a person’s sexuality can change.
In a post on Twitter, Andrews said: “If you’re claiming to be a therapist and think being gay is something that can be “fixed” – then you’re the one who might need fixing. Conversion ‘therapy’ ruins minds. We won’t tolerate it.”
AB 2943 utilised California’s existing consumer fraud statute to penalise “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”
The bill declared, “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” as illegal under the state’s consumer fraud law.
Former homosexuals in California opposed the bill, calling for it to be abolished because the legislation destroyed their human experiences and denied people the right to question their own sexuality.