Conversion therapy banned in Erie County

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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