Toledo City Council is has banned “conversion therapy,” the medical practice of trying to convert a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
In a 12-0 vote in favor of the resolution, the council unanimously approved the resolution on Tuesday, February 6.
The proposed law change states that “no mental health provider shall engage in sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts with any person.” Violations are a misdemeanor of the fourth degree to provide the therapy. Each day in violation would be a separate offense, with a maximum fine of $250 per day.
The law has also made gender identity a protected class in the city.
While conversion therapy dates back to the 1920s, the controversial “treatment” is widely denounced by psychologists. National health organizations agree that there has been no scientific demonstration of conversion therapy’s efficacy, and most ethical guidelines prohibit the measure.
Cincinnati is currently the only other Ohio city that has banned the practice.