Jose Javier Rodriguez, a state senator from Miami has filed legislation for 2019 that would prohibit licensed professionals from performing conversion therapy minors, according to Florida Phoenix.
Rodriguez, along with Democratic Representative Evan Jenne filed a similar bill last year but it did not get the necessary amount of legislative votes. Broward and Palm Beach counties have banned conversion therapy on the local level, but a statewide ban has yet to come to fruition.
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, are all states, along with DC, that have banned conversion therapy on a statewide level. If Rodriguez manages to get this legislation passed, Florida will join the fourteen states in advancing LGBTQ rights.
Liberty Counsel, a conservative group based in Orlando, is suing to overturn Tampa's ban on conversion therapy, claiming that banning the practice is a violation of people's first amendments privileges. In the past, the group filed lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach counties for banning conversion therapy.
Luckily, the majority of Floridians believe that conversion therapy for minors should be made illegal, according to a Gravis Marketing poll. Because of this, I remain hopeful that Florida's legislation will do the right thing and ban the abhorrent practice.