The City Of Duluth Passed Conversion Therapy Ban
Duluth is now the second city along with Minneapolis to ban conversion therapy. The ban was passed by the Duluth City Council by a 8-0 margin on Monday night with Councilor Jay Fosle absent. The ordinance will take effect in 30 days.
The definition of the ban is as follows: "Conversion therapy will be defined in city code as "any practice or treatment by a provider that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender."
There is a religious exemption to the ban for members of the clergy who are providing religious counseling to it's members. Several counselors have said that banning conversion therapy will help protect LGBTQ youth. The council meeting was filled with opponents and supporters who aired their own personal opinions on the ban. The city of Superior passed this same ban back in August of this year. For more on this story Click Here