Bloomberg Law
April 26, 2023, 6:40 PM

Supreme Court Urged to Review Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Ruling

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

Two conservative groups are calling on the US Supreme Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit decision that upheld Washington’s ban on gay conversion therapy.

Liberty Justice Center and Ethics and Public Policy Center filed briefs supporting a Washington therapist’s request that the top court review two state laws that prohibit Washington-licensed medical professionals from practicing conversion therapy—a practice meant to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression—on LGBTQ patients under 18 years old.

The laws violate therapists’ free-speech rights by imposing viewpoint-based prohibitions on licensed counselors who engage in talk therapy, the groups said. The US Court ...

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