Ann Arbor to consider ‘conversion therapy’ ban

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Skyline of downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

Skyline of downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor is considering banning “conversion therapy” according to reported Wednesday that Ann Arbor City Attorney Stephen Postema gave the city council an overview of a draft ordinance that would ban “conversion therapy” on minors.


Postema said the issue came to him through Mayor Christopher Taylor’s office and he’s been in touch with the attorney who drafted the Huntington Woods ordinance to talk through it.

“Certainly people in Ann Arbor are sensitive to this subject,” Postema said, noting it deals with treatment of LGBTQ youth.

“It’s obviously of concern to folks.”

Eighteen states have dealt with the issue, Postema said, but so far Michigan hasn’t.

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, is sponsoring House Bill 4515, which would ban mental health professionals across Michigan from engaging in conversion therapy with a minor.

The bill was introduced in April, but lacking support from Republicans, there hasn’t been any movement on it.

“It’s great that the city is taking a stand on this,” Rabhi said. “We need to stand strong with the LGBTQ community against this awful practice. It’s long past time that we should have banned conversion therapy in our whole state and nation, but starting with our local community is an excellent step in the right direction.”



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