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Judge Kills Conversion Therapy Ban, Not Convinced Practice Is Harmful

Oct 7, 2019

By Trudy Ring

A federal judge has struck down Tampa, Fla.’s ordinance banning the use of conversion therapy on minors.

In his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge William Jung said states rather than cities should regulate health care, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He also said the ban may interfere with patients’ rights to privacy and parents’ rights to choose health care for their children.

The ordinance, passed in 2017, prohibited state-licensed professionals from providing conversion therapy, designed to turn LGBTQ people straight or cisgender, on people under 18 within the city. It called for a fine of $1,000 for a practitioner’s first violation of the ordinance and $5,000 for any subsequent violations. It did not apply to clergy members or other providers of faith-based counseling, as long as they were not practicing under a state license.

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