Well, that’s a hell of a stretch.
Courtesy of Reuters:
A divided federal appeals court on Friday declared unconstitutional two south Florida laws that banned therapists from offering conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights.
Circuit Judge Britt Grant said that while enjoining the laws “allows speech that many find concerning–even dangerous,” the First Amendment “does not allow communities to determine how their neighbors may be counseled about matters of sexual orientation or gender.”
Conversion therapy aims to change people’s sexual orientations or gender identities.
The therapists, Robert Otto and Julie Hamilton, said their clients typically had “sincerely held religious beliefs conflicting with homosexuality,” and sought counseling to conform their identities and behaviors with those beliefs.
Republican President Donald Trump appointed both judges in Friday’s majority.
Circuit Judge Barbara Martin, appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama, dissented, citing a compelling interest in protecting children from a “harmful therapeutic practice.”
Just in case you were wondering what harm all of these Trump-appointed judges might do, well now you know.
This is a ridiculous ruling, and will likely be overturned at some point in the near future.
The 1st Amendment does not protect a Christian therapist from subjecting their patients to shame and threats of damnation, any more than it protects a doctor who prescribes poison to cure the hiccups.
I think breaking the legal system in this country will be just one more thing that can be added to Donald Trump’s list of rampant destruction.