Ohio State Senator Charleta Tavares announced Monday that she would back a bill in the Senate that seeks to ban therapies which attempt to alter a minor's sexual orientation from gay to straight.

“If they are already questioning their sexuality, we don't want them to think there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed,” Tavares, a Democrat, is quoted as saying by The Columbus Dispatch.

California last year approved a similar bill, though Liberty Counsel, a Christian conservative group, sued to block its start. Opponents have vowed to appeal a recent loss in federal appeals court.

(Related: Federal appeals court unanimously upholds California's “ex-gay” therapy ban.)

Lawmakers in New Jersey followed California's lead this year. New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts lawmakers are also debating the issue.

With Republicans disinterested in gay rights in control of all three branches of government, passage in Ohio would appear to be a long shot.