Court Strikes Down Florida LGBTQ Counseling Ban

Court Strikes Down Florida LGBTQ Counseling Ban


A federal court struck down laws that prohibit mental health professionals from counseling children and teens who are troubled by unwanted same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit found in the case of Otto v. City of Boca Raton, FL, that such laws violate the First Amendment right to free speech.

Christian nonprofit litigation firm Liberty Counsel represents Drs. Robert Otto and Julie Hamilton, both licensed marriage and family therapists, and their minor clients who challenged ordinances enacted in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that ban minors from seeking counseling regarding same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria from licensed therapists.

In the 2-1 opinion that reversed a lower court ruling, Judge Britt Grant, a President Trump appointee, wrote, “[T]he First Amendment has no carveout for controversial speech. We hold that the challenged ordinances violate the First Amendment

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