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Tampa city council votes unanimously to ban conversion therapy

Violations could mean hefty fines
Posted at 6:42 PM, Mar 16, 2017

Local LGBT members celebrated a major win Thursday in the Tampa City Council.

Council members unanimously voted to ban mental health professionals from using gay conversion therapy.

Supporters of the ban dressed in all purple.

Under the ordinance, anyone caught providing conversion therapy to a minor would be fined up to a $1,000. Repeat offenders would face a fine up to $5,000.

Dozens shared their stories of personal trauma under the practice. At least one opponent also spoke before council. Those providing strictly religious counseling like clergymen are exempt from the ban under the first amendment.

A second reading of the ordinance takes place next month.

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