A federal appeals court blocked bans on LGBTQ “conversion therapy” for minors on Friday, finding that two Florida cities violate the First Amendment with laws that seek to protect children from the harmful and discredited practice, reports Slate.
Both judges in the majority are Federalist Society members appointed by President Donald Trump.
Their decision rejects the mountain of evidence that “conversion therapy” substantially increases young people’s risk of depression and suicide. Indeed, the majority explicitly found that the government lacks a compelling interest in protecting minors from the practice, dismissing the consensus among mainstream medical groups that “conversion therapy” is dangerous and ineffective.
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