The state of New York has passed bills banning gay conversion therapy and adding gender identity to its anti-discrimination legislation. The state’s legislative body approved the bills on Tuesday (January 15), according to Democratic senator Brad Hoylman. The bills had already been passed by New York’s Assembly but had previously faced resistance in the Senate. However, with the Democrats holding a majority in both chambers, following the mid-term elections, the state’s lawmakers moved to pass the legislation. Democratic senator Brad Hoylman, who sponsored both bills, said the gay “cure” ban would would stop health professionals from “engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with patients under the age of 18,” reports Democrat & Chronicle.