Columbus City Council bans conversion therapy in city limits

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Council has passed an ordinance that would ban a controversial form of therapy, often called “conversion therapy,” within city limits.

The therapy encompasses any practice with the goal of changing someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and it would apply to licensed medical professionals performing this type of counseling on people under the age of 18.

Opponents of conversion therapy, including many in the medical community, said the practice is not legitimate and cannot change one’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

The ordinance only applies to licensed medical facilities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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