In Iowa and elsewhere, bans on LGBTQ+ ‘conversion remedy’ turn into a conservative goal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Considered one of Iowa’s largest cities repealed its ban on “conversion remedy” — the discredited apply of making an attempt to alter an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identification via counseling — after a Christian group threatened authorized motion, a part of a deepening nationwide motion to problem protections for LGBTQ+ children.

The town council in Waterloo voted this week to take away its restrictions after Liberty Counsel warned in a letter June 30 that it will “take additional motion” if town didn’t repeal the ordinance by August 1. It was enacted in Might.

The group, which relies in Orlando, Florida, argued the ordinance infringes on the constitutional proper to free speech and acted on behalf of a therapist in Waterloo “who was involved in regards to the implications of this on the apply of counseling,” Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel founder and chair, mentioned in an interview by which he promised additional litigation focusing on states.