New York City looks to repeal 'gay conversion therapy' ban

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council is looking to repeal a law banning so-called gay conversion therapy over concerns a pending lawsuit could lead to a decision unfavorable to the LGBTQ community if the case were to make it to the Supreme Court.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Thursday proposed repealing the ban of the medically discredited practice. The council had passed the ban in November 2017, and it took effect last year.

The proposal to repeal it now goes to a committee hearing next week.

The Alliance Defending Freedom sued over the ban in January, saying it violated free speech.

Senior Counsel Roger Brooks says that if the repeal goes through, the organization would "commend the move."

A state ban that applies only to minors would still be in effect.