City of Denver bans 'conversion therapy' for minors

By The Christian Post

Denver, Colorado | Photo: Unsplash/Cassie Gallegos

The city of Denver recently outlawed what has been commonly referred to as "gay conversion therapy" for minors, the first jurisdiction in the state of Colorado to do so.

In a unanimous vote Monday, the city council approved a ban on the practice.

"Tonight’s vote to ban conversion therapy is our city coming together and saying with one voice that we will never allow our LGBTQ+ youth to be the targets of these dubious practices, and that we are here to support them," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement his office released.

"Who they are is something to be celebrated, not maligned, and Denver will always be there to lift up our youth and ensure that they have the opportunity to grow up safe, happy and healthy.”

The proposal is aimed at state-licensed therapists in the city who say being gay or transgender is a mental illness.

The practice is presently banned for minors in nine states.

The Colorado General Assembly attempted to pass such a ban in 2018 and on other occasions but never succeeded. The legislative body is expected to consider a similar proposal this year, local reports say, and it is expected to pass given that Democrats will soon take charge of the state Senate.

Others say the move is based on a deceptive premise, framing all counseling care by potential outliers.

"Rather than providing compassionate ethical counseling options for youth who have unwanted same-sex attraction, Denver followed a fascist protocol initiated first in California to ban talk therapy for kids who do not want to be gay," said Anne Paulk of the Restored Hope Network, now based in Colorado, in a statement to The Christian Post Thursday.

Source:The Christian Post