SANTA FE – About 10 years ago, a half-dozen church members stood over Orlando-Antonio Carrillo-Jimenez and prayed for him to be delivered from a demon.
His sin – being gay.
It was an attempt to change his sexual orientation, he said, a practice known as gay conversion therapy.
Carrillo-Jimenez, who now lives with his husband in the small farming community of La Mesa near Las Cruces, visited the Roundhouse on Thursday to speak in favor of a proposal that would make it illegal to be paid for providing “conversion therapy” to someone under 18 years old. Medical professionals could also face discipline.