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Iowa Senate votes to ban gay conversion therapy

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.

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Iowa is open for business

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana, shame on you.

Unfortunately we have had this conversation before, haven’t we? It took place at our lunch counters and in our schools, on our buses and at our public water fountains all across America. But the answers are still the same: Discrimination cloaked in religion is wrong. Discrimination disguised as freedom is wrong. Faith should never be used as an excuse for prejudice in the public square.

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