Back in 2017, the New York City Council passed a law which bans so-called ‘conversion therapy’ for everyone within its jurisdiction.
Now, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (who is gay) has announced he will introduce a bill to repeal the law.
The legal maneuver comes as the virulently anti-LGBTQ law firm Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.
LGBTQ advocates fear the case could possibly be used to take such prohibitions all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court which has taken a more conservative bent since Donald Trump has put two right-leaning justices in place since taking office.
If the haters were to win at SCOTUS, conversion therapy bans across the country could be at risk of being struck down.
That said, LGBTQ minors in New York City will still be protected by the separate statewide ban that was passed earlier this year by the New York State Legislature.
The City Council’s law was seen as more vulnerable to a court challenge because it was broader than others in effect, including the statewide ban.
LGBTQ advocates say repealing the NYC measure will allow them to focus less on defending the law in court and more on expanding protections against conversion therapy in other states.