Haters Lose Appeal Against WA Ex-Gay Torture Ban

Law & Crime reports:

A federal appellate court has upheld the constitutionality of a Washington state law that prohibits therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity, ruling that the treatment is conduct, not protected speech.

The three-judge panel rejected arguments from the Alliance Defending Freedom that Washington’s 2018 ban on conversion therapy for minors violated the First Amendment rights of Brian Tingley, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Tacoma, who sued over the law in 2021.

The judges also said a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ADF lawyers said had effectively overturned an earlier 9th Circuit endorsement of conversion therapy bans did no such thing, with a Trump appointee espousing the earlier ruling as “binding precedent.”

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As I previously reported, the ADF first filed its lawsuit in May 2021 and lost in US district court in September. 

According to Brian Tingley’s resume, he’s led seminars on “authentic manhood” and “true masculinity.”

Before that, he wrote and produced commercials for car dealerships, bingo halls, and county fairs.

As I’ve reported many times over the years, ex-gay torture therapists often end up rejecting their work and coming out as gay themselves.

Then there are the ones that are busted trolling online for gay sex, such as the nationally prominent therapist caught cruising Manhunt in 2018 as HotNHairy72.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has advocated for criminalizing homosexuality in the United States and has provided free legal support to foreign groups seeking the same in their own countries.