PolitiFact: Pence advocates for conversion therapy

  • California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. AP

PolitFact staff
Published: 7/29/2016 12:05:25 AM

During the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence “advocated diverting taxpayer dollars to so-called conversion therapy.”

Our ruling

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence “advocated for diverting taxpayer dollars to so-called conversion therapy.”

Pence’s own words on his campaign website from 2000 make his stance, at least at the time, very clear: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

It’s unknown if Pence has changed his position on the issue. But he continues to be at the center of gay rights controversy. And the Republican National Convention last week backed a platform that critics say does little to block the controversial practice.

We rate Newsom’s claim True.

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