KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The use of conversion therapy on minors is no longer allowed in Independence after council members voted to ban it on Monday night.
The Independence City Council voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance which states that "it shall be unlawful for any provider to employ conversion therapy on a minor."
Conversion therapy aims to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient.
This includes mental health therapy which seems to change, eliminate or reduce behaviors, expressions, attractions or feelings related to a patient's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Providers who violate the ordinance will be fined $500.
In July, the City Council rejected a similar ordinance.