|A bad ruling for 'ex-gay' therapy courtesy of two Trump appointed judges (Barbara Lagoa - top pic and Britt Grant - bottom pic) should send a message to LGBTQ Americans. The courts may become biased against us.|
Last week, courtesy of two Trump-appointed justices, there was a shamefully bad ruling with regards to ex-gay therapy and minors.
From OnTop Magazine
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down two local ordinances that prohibited therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. Such therapies go by names such as “conversion therapy,” “reparative therapy,” “sexual orientation change efforts” or “ex-gay therapy.” A three-judge panel on the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta found that bans in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, Florida violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The 2-1 decision was written by U.S. Circuit Judge Britt Grant. Joining Grant in the majority was U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa. Both judges were appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump.
What makes is especially awful was how the justices reached the decision. According to Atlanta Journal Constitution, one of the justices who struck down the ban, Britt Grant:
. . . cited a 2009 report from the American Psychological Association that found there had been a complete lack of “rigorous recent prospective research” on the practice.
But as for evidence which proved the ban was necessary, Grant took a different point of view.