Bryan W. Simonaire

Federal lawsuit seeks to overturn Maryland's ban on conversion therapy

Federal lawsuit seeks to overturn Maryland's ban on conversion therapy

A psychotherapist has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Maryland’s ban on treating minors with conversion therapy, a controversial practice that attempts to change clients’ homosexual orientation.

Christopher Doyle is suing Gov. Larry Hogan and Attorney General Brian Frosh in U.S. District Court in Maryland, saying the ban violated his rights to free speech and the practice of religion, as well as the rights of clients “to prioritize their religious and moral values above unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, behaviors, or identities.”

A spokesperson for the governor could not be reached for comment. The attorney general’s office said it had not seen the...

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