Conversion Therapist Sues NYC Over Therapy Ban

New York City is being sued by an anti-LGBT hate group after the decision to ban conversion therapy for minors at a statewide level, according to Pink News.

In 2017, the New York City Council passed legislation that outlawed conversion therapy for minors and then last month the Council created a statewide ban 

Dr. David Schwartz, a therapist based in Brooklyn, spearheaded the legal battle with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF. The Alliance has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Center. Schwartz is against this ban as he claims that it is a direct violation of his religious freedom and his freedom of speech.

The ADF agrees with Schwartz, as they say "Dr. Schwartz has a right to use his professional skills to assist patients to live in accordance with their shared religious faith, including the religious mandates of the Torah."

The ADF is known for filing lawsuits against anti-discrimination laws. Their most noticeable instant in which they fought against anti-discrimination is when the group defended Jack Phillips, the anti-gay banker in the Mastepiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. It is not surprising given their bigoted history that they would fight to get conversion therapy written back into law.

Living so close to New York, I can assume that, given my knowledge of what direction NY swings politically, the state will not reinstate conversion therapy for minors. However, the Supreme Court did side with Jack Phillips so it's really anybody's guess how this lawsuit will settle.

h/t: Pink News

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