Charleston’s ABC affiliate reports:
On Monday night, Huntington City Council voted to ban conversion therapy in city limits for children under 18. Huntington joins Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling as the other cities in West Virginia to outlaw the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender. These are practices that have been considered abusive by medical and mental health organizations.
Before council voted 7-4 to do so, they heard from dozens of members of the public who signed up to speak. Thirty-two people came to speak at the council meeting and several were also there to speak against the ordinance advocating for their religious beliefs and freedoms and parental choice. This ordinance will include this as a protection for the LGBTQ+ community, which is already protected from discrimination in Huntington.
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