New York’s openly gay City Council speaker Corey Johnson has introduced a bill to repeal the city’s ban on LGBT “conversion therapy” in fear that the Supreme Court would overturn it.
Johnson a former blogger who has aspirations to run for NYC mayor told the New York Times that he supports the city ordinance but also fears that it could give “right-wing groups” ammunition to take similar laws down nationwide. This comes after the anti-LGBT hate group the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the ban.”
“Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups. But the Supreme Court has become conservative; the Second Circuit, which oversees New York, has become more conservative. We think this is the most responsible, prudent course. The sad reality is the courts have changed considerably over the last few years, and we cannot count on them to rule in favor of much-needed protections for the LGBTQ community.
The ADF filed a federal lawsuit in January on behalf of Dr. Dovid Schwartz, a licensed psychotherapist and member of the orthodox Chabad Lubavitch Jewish community.”
Is Johnson right in trying to repeal the ban on the dangerous practice of gay conversion therapy that has harmed and in some cases driven its victims to suicide out of fear of what “might” happen?
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