Republican candidate for US Congress defended gay ‘cure’ therapy

A Republican Congressional candidate has defended voting against a ban on gay ‘cure’ therapy.

New Hampshire state lawmaker Steve Negron is the GOP candidate for the US House of Representatives in the state’s Second Congressional District.

Negron picked up the Republican nomination in a narrow primary vote on Tuesday, just weeks after he publicly defended voting against cross-party legislation to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy.

Steve Negron

The candidate was among Republicans to oppose the state’s recently-introduced law that bans the provision of conversion therapy to minors.

He was challenged over his vote in an interview with local TV station WMUR, as noted by Talking Points Memo.

In the interview, which took place last month, Negron was challenged about his vote on gay ‘cure’ therapy and appeared to defend the practise.

Negron said: “I did not vote for that [bill].

“I believe that’s something that, when you look at these young children that are trying to make a decision, and I remember when I was 15, 16 I was confused, I had a lot of options in my life.

“I think we need to be able to help them understand what it is, give them the right information, and let them get the treatment that they need to understand what the situation is.

“I think the parents have a huge role in that as well, and that’s why I think we should be able to help them.”

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