Judge rejects lawsuit challenging Maryland ban on conversion therapy

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U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow on Friday dismissed a claim from Christopher Doyle — a mental health therapist at Patrick Henry College in Virginia and the executive director of the Institute for Healthy Families — who argued that the ban violates his First Amendment rights, NBC News reports.

Chasanow argued that banning gay conversion therapy doesn’t bar therapists from being able to express their own views with their clients, and that the ban is justified due to ample research and evidence proving conversion therapy’s harmful effects on young people.

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