Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cincinnati Enacts Conversion Therapy Ban

Last Wednesday, Cincinnati, Ohio followed four states and the District of Columbia in passing a ban on providing conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of young people who are gay or lesbian. Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the new law imposes a $200 per day fine on violators. City Council passed the ordinance by a vote of 7-2 in the wake of the suicide death a year ago of a transgender teen who cited the conversion therapy she had been subjected to in her suicide note. During the comment period on the proposed ordinance, 21 people spoke against the bill on religious and free speech grounds.  One Baptist clergyman said: "This Council will create another another type of bondage for something people themselves have a right to seek liberty from."