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Huntington Woods becomes first city in Michigan to ban gay 'conversion therapy'

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 14:31:44-04

HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. (WXYZ) — The city of Huntington Woods voted to ban gay "conversion therapy" during a city commission meeting on Tuesday night. It became the first city in Michigan to ban the practice.

Commissioner Joe Rozell brought up the ordinance, which was approved with a 5-0 vote and received applause from the audience after the passage.

"Conversion therapy, Mr. Mayor, is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything that this city stands for," Rozell said during the meeting.

One resident spoke druing the meeting, saying she thought it was a great ordinance and told the city commission, "bravo."

Rozell also brought up the fact that there is a bill in the state legislature to ban the practice in Michigan, but said the Republican-controlled House and Senate won't allow it to come up for a vote.