Christian attorney groups are more confident that the bans on therapy for people dealing with unwanted same-gender attractions will be overturned.
About two years ago, New York City passed a ban on therapy for adults and children who want to overcome their unwanted same-sex attractions. Now a sponsor has introduced a measure that would overturn the ordinance, which just took effect last year.
According to Roger Gannam, vice president of Liberty Counsel, the city councilmembers are recognizing that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn the so-called conversion therapy ban.
"We've challenged these therapy bans in several places around the country with the expectation that one of these challenges will get to the Supreme Court," Gannam explains. "We agree with the New York City Council: The Supreme Court would overturn this as an unconstitutional restriction on the speech of counselors and their clients."
The high court has decided not to hear the cases against the New Jersey and California bans, but active cases are still heading its way.
"Right now Liberty Counsel has one up on appeal in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. That's one step away from the Supreme Court," Gannam relays. "We have some others moving through the system, and any one of them could be the case that goes to the Supreme Court."
While New York City might repeal its ordinance, the state still has a law that bans the therapy for children, so a challenge against the state could still be possible.