A federal judge on Sept. 20 dismissed a lawsuit that challenges a Maryland law banning so-called conversion therapy for minors.
The Associated Press reported Christopher
Doyle, a Virginia-based therapist, in his
lawsuit claims the law that Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in
2018 violates his right to free speech and religious freedom under the First
Amendment. U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow rejected these arguments.
The Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT legal organization,
represents Doyle. One of his lawyers told the Associated Press they will appeal
Maryland, along with D.C., are among the jurisdictions in
the U.S. that have banned conversion therapy for minors.
The Richmond City Council earlier this month unanimously
approved a resolution that urges Virginia lawmakers to ban the widely discredited
practice. The Virginia General Assembly in recent years has killed a number of
bills that would have banned conversion therapy for minors in the state.