Amid dispensing a lesson on First Amendment freedoms, a federal appeals court on Friday threw out two Florida laws that banned conversion therapy.
In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out bans imposed in Boca Raton, Florida, and surrounding Palm Beach County on the treatment, in which gay or transgender individuals are counseled to accept their biological identities and sexual orientations.
Judge Britt Grant and Judge Barbara Lagoa, who formed the majority, were both appointed by President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Examiner.
Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver, whose agency represented the doctors who sued Boca Raton, said the decision will set a precedent.
“This case is the beginning of the end of similar unconstitutional counseling bans around the country,” Staver said.
The majority decision, written by Grant, noted the laws “apply