New Brunswick lawmakers reject anti-LGBT bill

A New Brunswick legislator has voted down a bill that would have banned anti-gay conversion therapy in the state.

The bill, SB-16, was introduced in March and would have allowed for a private company to refuse to perform or provide services to people who had undergone a conversion therapy session.

The company would be required to notify the state that they would be breaking the law, and the company would also have to pay a civil penalty of up to $250,000.

However, after the bill was introduced and referred to the State House Rules Committee, no amendments were taken to the bill.

The Committee rejected the measure, sending it back to the House.

The next day, Governor Brian Gallant signed SB-22 into law.

The new law does not ban the use of conversion therapy, but instead only allows for a person to be denied service based on the person’s personal beliefs.

SB-19 was defeated on a party line vote in November 2016.

New Brunswick has been a hotbed for LGBT rights for years, but this bill has received widespread backlash.

In March, the state legislature unanimously passed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors.

Earlier this year, a local newspaper reported that more than 100 people were arrested in New Brunswick for practicing conversion therapy.