Two judges appointed by Donald Trump to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rule that banning LGBTQ+ conversion therapy for children would violate the First Amendment.
The Trump judges outnumbered a third judge on the decision.
Conversion therapy, intended to turn LGBTQ+ children straight or cisgender, has been deemed ineffective, harmful, and bordering on child abuse by “every major medical and mental health organization” in the United States.
Judge Britt Grant and Judge Barbara Lagoa are the deciding judges. Both were appointed by Trump, and Lagoa was on the Trump team’s shortlist to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
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