New York City Debates Repealing Conversion Therapy Ban
Added 09-18-19 04:07:02pm EST - “Facing a federal lawsuit by an anti-LGBT group, city officials are considering repealing the 2017 ban. Officials say a repeal may avoid setting nationwide precedent if judges side against the city.” - Npr.org
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New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson, shown here at a New York hearing in January, said last week that he had struggled with the proposal to repeal the ban, but "ultimately, I think this is the responsible, strategic and right thing to do." Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption
The New York City Council is considering a repeal of a 2017 law it passed that made conversion therapy — the strongly-condemned practice of attempting to change a person's sexual orientation or gender — illegal.
It's a confusing legal maneuver that advocates say won't erode any protections for LGBTQ New Yorkers and at the same time, will ward off a looming lawsuit that could have negative implications nationwide if the courts side against the city. Members of the city council heard testimony by several LGBT advocacy groups which all support the ban's repeal, at a public hearing Wednesday.
"It makes no sense to waste time and resources on a lawsuit, which always presents some risk of loss," testified Eric Lesh, the executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of New York. "While we believe the law is valid, it is no longer needed, and a loss could needlessly jeopardize other laws."
The proposal to repeal the city's ban on conversion therapy was introduced by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is gay.
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