‘Highly controversial’: Federal court upholds gay and transgender conversion therapy treatments

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that bans on controversial gay and transgender conversion therapy treatments violate the First Amendment.

The treatment, in which doctors counsel gay or transgender people to accept identities that they have rejected, is condemned by many members of the medical community as bigoted and retrograde. It became a national topic early in the Trump presidency when many people claimed that Vice President Mike Pence supported the treatment in the early 2000s.

In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ban in Boca Raton, Florida, on the treatment infringed on the rights of pro-conversion therapy doctors to
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