Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is expected to sign the bill this week, which would make New York the 15th state in addition to Washington, D.C., in the U.S. to ban the controversial practice. Other states that have done so include Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Hawaii.
“New York has a reputation for diversity and inclusion and the Assembly Majority is committed to maintaining that reputation and protecting the rights of others,” said New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D) in a statement. “Everyone has a right to live their life free from hostility and exclusion, and our youth deserve support in discovering their identity in a way that promotes happiness and positive mental health.”
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