Strong majority support ban on conversion therapy for minors - 454 participants

Jan 23, 2017

There are currently two bills being considered by the New Hampshire Legislature that would ban conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen: SB 224 in the Senate, and HB 587 in the House. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more about this issue here. On January 23, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH ban gay conversion therapy for minors?”

“Should NH ban gay conversion therapy for minors?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents 

Gay Conversion Therapy New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 454 participants gave 1,135 responses

A total of 92% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 8% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 454 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,135 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 184 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 85% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of banning gay conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire.

  • “Conversion therapy has been proven time and again to not only be ineffective, but to cause severe emotional and psychological harm to those subjected to it.”
  • “Conversion therapy should be banned for everybody but especially minors.”
  • “I think this is a pretty clear case where we have an obligation to step in and protect the autonomy and equal rights of LGBT youth.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 15%, were opposed to banning gay conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire.

  • “I like to make my own decisions and allow other families to make theirs, even if I feel gay conversion therapy is nonsense.”
  • “Teens should have access to therapy if they feel the need for it.”
  • “I think the state should butt out. It’s the parents’ decision.”

Other: As noted above, 8% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Clarification: “What is gay conversion therapy?”
  • Extending the concept: “Would you defend conversion therapy for gay parents to convert their straight children?”
  • Relevance: “Less than 2% of the population is 'gay', so why all the hype?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

SB 224 (2017)
Bill Status: Passed Senate
Hearing date: Mar 21, 2017
HB 587 (2017)
Bill Status: In Committee
Hearing date: Feb 21, 2017

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