MENTAL HEALTH

Seattle City Council bans 'conversion therapy'

People take part in the kick off of the annual NYC Pride parade in New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2016.

People take part in the kick off of the annual NYC Pride parade in New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2016.  (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance to bar the practice of conversion therapy to try to make gay young people straight.

Seattlepi.com reports the measure proposed by Councilmember M. Lorena González passed Monday afternoon.

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It will punish licensed medical or mental-health professionals with fines up to $1,000 for using the form of talk therapy for minors to ‘treat’ same-sex attractions. It will also put into effect misdemeanor charges for advertising the service.

Five states and the District of Columbia have taken steps to ban mental-health counselors from engaging in the practice with minors. Cincinnati, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, have also banned it.