A state senator from Miami tries again for a Florida ban on “conversion therapy”

Jose_Javier_Rodriguez_Senate_Photo
Jose_Javier_Rodriguez_Senate_Photo

A Democratic state legislator is trying once again to pass legislation to ban the highly controversial practice of “conversion therapy,” which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Miami state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez has filed legislation for the 2019 session that would prohibit licensed professional counselors from practicing or performing conversion therapy for an individual “who is younger than a specified age.”

Fourteen states now ban conversion therapy, according to the Movement Advancement Project.

Locally, Broward and Palm Beach Counties have banned the practice in Florida, as have several municipalities.

Rodriguez and Dania Beach Democrat Rep. Evan Jenne filed a similar bill last year, as did two other Democrats the year before, but neither made it to a full vote of the Legislature.

Orlando-based conservative group, Liberty Counsel, is suing to overturn Tampa’s ban on conversion therapy in federal court, claiming the ordinance violates First Amendment privileges. The group previously filed lawsuits challenging conversion therapy bans
that were passed in Palm Beach County and Boca Raton.

A Gravis Marketing poll conducted in the spring of 2017 showed that 71 percent of Floridians said that gay conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation should be illegal for minors in Florida.

 

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

1 COMMENT

  1. Of COURSE fake and useless cruel Conversion Rx should be banned everywhere. Akin to witch hunts, CR’s effectiveness has been thoroughly refuted by medical experts’ studies also warning against deeply concerning psychological results, saying that it can be perpetrated as a scam or by those who wish to believe it can change people away from homosexuality, a Proven Genetic trait which is as permanent as blue eyes! Obviously not changeable! So say I, a non-homosexual 32 year researcher.

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