Wilton Manors intends to keep its ban on conversion therapy.
Commissioners voted unanimously last week to join the City of Miami Beach and other Florida municipalities in a legal battle to keep the local bans on conversion therapy in place.
Commissioner Gary Resnick brought up the issue near the end of Tuesday evening’s commission meeting. Resnick said he was approached by SAVE to sign an amicus brief asking for a rehearing of the ordinance that bans licensed medical providers from practicing conversion therapy on a child.
City attorney Kerry Ezrol said there would be no cost to the city to join the amicus brief and that Miami Beach attorney Rob Rosenwald would take the lead in the case.
“We have joined in other amicus brief situations with him where they do the work, we have a limited involvement and it’s worked very smoothly,” Ezrol said.
On Nov. 20 a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled Boca Raton and Palm Beach County’s bans on conversion therapy were unconstitutional. The panel ruled the bans violated the First Amendment’s right to free speech.
On Friday Palm Beach County and Boca Raton officially challenged the court’s ruling. The petition is calling for an en banc review, which means all 12 judges of the 11th Circuit would hear the case.
Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Góngora called the decision legally and morally wrong.
“There is no First Amendment right to practice junk science on LGBT minors,” Góngora said, adding the decision “should be reversed before anyone else is harmed by this scientifically rejected practice.”
Visit Facebook.com/groups/WMGazette to join the Gazette’s community Facebook page.