Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California has introduced a resolution encouraging states to protect minors from “ex-gay” therapy.

California was the first state to outlaw therapies which attempt to alter a minor's sexual orientation from gay to straight. A New Jersey lawmaker recently introduced similar legislation.

(Related: Lawsuit claims “ex-gay” therapists violated New Jersey fraud act.)

“It is the sense of Congress that sexual orientation and gender identity or expression change efforts directed at minors are discredited and ineffective, have no legitimate therapeutic purpose, and are dangerous and harmful,” the resolution reads in part.

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, applauded Speier for “shining a light on this important issue.”

“We join her in urging states to protect young people and their families from this dangerous quackery, which has been condemned by every leading mainstream mental health organization in the country. NCLR is committed to working with Congresswoman Speier and state legislators to ensure that no young person is subjected to these dangerous practices and that no parent is deceived by therapists who falsely claim to be able to change a child's core identity. Every child deserves acceptance and support, and families deserve honest, accurate information about how to protect their children,” Kendell said in a statement.