Iowa mental health professionals would be banned from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay patients younger than 18 under a bill approved on a straight party line vote Tuesday by the Iowa Senate.
Senate File 334 was passed 26-24. All Democrats voted in favor. All Republicans voted no. The bill now heads to the Republican-controlled House, where it will likely be declared dead amid strong opposition from Christian conservatives.
I had previously expressed hope that the bill would pass, noting that if more states pass similar bans, it could lead more courts to analyze the interesting First Amendment aspects of these laws. But if Republican lawmakers continue their voting patterns in the House, it looks like this bill isn't going to make it very much further.