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Ohio city bans conversion therapy

February 10, 2017

In a 12-0 vote, the city council in Toledo, Ohio, has made it a crime for a mental health provider to “engage in sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts with any person.”

Health care providers can be fined up to $250 per day for violating the ordinance.

The Toledo Blade reported that the law is the first total ban on conversion therapy. Laws elsewhere in the nation have forbidden health care professionals from engaging in such therapy with minors.

In a separate resolution, the city council unanimously characterized Toledo as “a welcoming, inclusive, and safe community for all residents.”

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  • Posted by: FredC - Feb. 11, 2017 1:28 PM ET USA

    I don't trust psychologists to properly counsel someone who is confused about his gender, as compared to misidentifying his gender. I also don't trust the government. Should we expect religious conversions soon to be outlawed?

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Feb. 10, 2017 3:01 PM ET USA

    This is an example of cultural Marxism at work:pols determine mental illness/mental health. The Soviet Union would send political opponents to mental institutions determined by the regime to be mentally ill.The therapy in question is an issue for professionals not pols."Shrinks" themselves are often at odds because psychology is not an exact science. Here is relativism denying that there is any proper order or health to sexuality. Such pols are intellectually ill.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 10, 2017 2:09 PM ET USA

    So, people can undergo all kinds of "sex change" surgeries cover by health insurance, but in Toledo no one is allowed to ask and receive professional help to be cured of same sex attraction disorder. I hope this utter nonsense ends up resolved once for all by the US Supreme Court.