Palm Beach County is first in Florida to ban conversion therapy

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: (L-R) Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Vice Mayor Mack Bernard, Commissioner Hal Valeche, Mayor Melissa McKinlay, and Commissioners Mary Lou Berger, Paulette Burdick and Steven Abrams. Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | While many councils in the state have passed conversion therapy bans in their own cities, no Florida county had passed a ban until now.

The seven county commissioners voted 5-2 to prohibit conversion therapy for minors in Palm Beach County Dec. 19. Commissioners Steven Abrams and Hal Valeche were the two to vote against the ban.

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Boca Raton, Palm Beach County approve pro-gay policies

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Palm Beach County – September 10 was a big day for LGBT rights in Palm Beach County.

Boca Raton’s City Council voted unanimously to update its equal opportunity policy for the first time since 1996, voting to include language that states city employees will not face discrimination because of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. During the same meeting, the City Council also voted 4-1 to allow domestic partners of city employees to receive the same benefits married spouses get. The hearing and votes for both issues took just 13 minutes, according to The Sun-Sentinel.

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