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Despite Obama support, hurdles remain for bans on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

The White House announcement in support of bans on “ex-gay” conversion therapy galvanized debate on prohibitions of the widely discredited practice for minors, but efforts to enact such measures throughout the country face significant hurdles.

In 2015 alone, legislation to ban the practice for minors has been introduced in at least 18 states. But non-related issues ranging from disputes over committee structure, Republican control and past failures stand in the way of these bills despite the statement from Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, endorsing a state-by-state approach in anticipation of “broader action” at later time.

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There’s still more work to be done

Albert Bennett, confirmed in a bipartisan vote of 95-0 as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

After months of delay, a unanimous U.S. Senate vote on Monday (April 13) confirmed Alfred Bennett to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

While Bennett’s 95-0 vote is a welcome change, at least two other Texas judges await confirmation votes. No final votes have been scheduled for Texas judges George Hanks Jr. and Jose Olvera Jr.

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