Ilhan Omar Rallies Support for Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

The Minnesota Democrat called gay conversion therapy 'torture' and said it should no longer be a legal practice in Minnesota or in any other state

Scores of LGBTQ and allied high school students from across the state of Minnesota march Thursday, March 21, 2019 to the State Capitol where they held a rally on the steps to urge lawmakers to protect LGBTQ Minnesotans and youth from the effects of so-called conversion 'therapy'
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Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults.

Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota’s seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College.

The Minnesota Democrat called gay conversion therapy “torture” and said it should no longer be a legal practice in Minnesota or in any other state.

Omar was a co-sponsor of a similar bill when she was in the Minnesota House. She was elected to Congress in November - one of two first Muslim women to ever serve in the U.S. Congress. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro recently attacked Omar for wearing a hijab while serving in Congress, questioning whether or not it meant that Omar supported Sharia Law and not the U.S. Constitution. Fox News openly condemned Pirro for the remarks.

Minneapolis Democrat Scott Dibble, the only openly gay Minnesota senator, urged the crowd to meet with their legislators, fight for change and run for office.