Saying “we should be protecting all of our children, including those who identify as LGBTQ, instead of subjecting them to a dangerous practice,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued Executive Order No 97, a directive that bars state money from being used to pay for gay conversion therapy.

The Tar Heel State joins Utah to become only the second state – and the first in the South - to use an executive order to ban the controversial psychological treatment that some claim is able to change a young person’s sexual orientation. Seventeen others, including Massachusetts, Colorado and Maine this year, have passed laws barring the practice. (NEW YORK TIMES, RELIGION NEWS SERVICE, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)