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Law banning gay conversion therapy in New York could be repealed following lawsuit

The American state passed a bill banning the discredited practice at the end of 2017

2019-09-13

Words: Steve Brown

A law banning so-called gay conversion therapy in New York could be repealed following a federal lawsuit.

The American state passed a bill banning the discredited practice at the end of 2017 and it took effect last year.

However, the far-right group Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit over the ban saying it violated free speech between a therapist and client.

And now, a proposed repeal will go to a committee hearing and would have a vote in the full council and if it is passed, it will be signed by the mayor, NBC News reported.

Council speaker Corey Johnson – who introduced the repeal – said in a statement: “After intense deliberation, the council concluded that it was best to take this drastic step.

“The courts have changed considerably over the last few years, and we cannot count on them to rule in favour of much-needed protections for the LGBTQ community.

“To be clear, this alleged therapy is barbaric and inhumane, but repealing this law seemed to be the best path forward.”