Appeals court: Bans on same-sex attraction therapy are unconstitutional

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Nov 22nd, 2020 12:21 pm
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Last Updated Nov 23rd, 2020 at 5:47 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that two ordinances which "prohibit therapists from engaging in counseling or any therapy with a goal of changing a minor's sexual orientation, reducing a minor's sexual or romantic attractions ... or changing a minor's gender identity" violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"These restrictions apply even to purely speech-based therapy. Two therapists argue that the ordinances infringe on their constitutional right to speak freely with clients," Judge Britt Grant said. "We hold that the challenged ordinances violate the First Amendment because they are content-based regulations of speech that cannot survive strict scrutiny."

Such counseling or therapy is sometimes referred to as "conversion therapy" or "sexual orientation change efforts."

🔦 The two judges on the 2-1 side of this decision, Grant and Barbara Lagoa, were appointed by President Trump.


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