- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance to bar the practice of conversion therapy to try to make gay young people straight.

Seattlepi.com reports (https://goo.gl/BFQ1km) the measure proposed by Councilmember M. Lorena González passed Monday afternoon.

It will punish licensed medical or mental-health professionals with fines up to $1,000 for using the form of talk therapy for minors to ‘treat’ same-sex attractions. It will also put into effect misdemeanor charges for advertising the service.

Five states and the District of Columbia have taken steps to ban mental-health counselors from engaging in the practice with minors. Cincinnati, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, have also banned it.

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Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, https://www.seattlepi.com/

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