ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Conversion therapy- a practice attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation- is now illegal in Erie County.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the new law Monday morning.
The law makes practicing conversion therapy on minors a misdemeanor crime. Violators would face a $1,000 fine or a year in jail.
According to the American Medical Association, conversion therapy is used by people who think homosexuality is a mental disorder.
The ban was proposed by Legislator Patrick Burke two years ago. It passed the county legislature in February.