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Federal court strikes down conversion therapy bans in Florida
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.94   time to read: +2 min
A divided federal appeals court on Friday declared unconstitutional two south Florida laws that banned therapists from offering conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights. Mat Staver, a lawyer for the therapists, called the decision the first of its kind by a federal appeals court, and “a huge victory” enabling people to choose counseling free of government censorship. A June study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law said 20 states and Washington, D.C. ban licensed health care professionals from conducting conversion therapy on children. The American Psychiatric Association also opposes conversion therapy, saying the practice often assumes that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
Persons: Britt Grant, Robert Otto, Julie Hamilton, , Donald Trump, Barbara Martin, Barack Obama, Boca, Jamie Cole, Helene Hvizd, Mat Staver, Otto et Organizations: Circuit, Boca Raton, Democratic, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, American Psychiatric Association, Boca, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Florida, U.S, Palm Beach County, Friday’s, Palm Beach, Washington, City, Boca Raton , Florida, 11th U.S
Relatives were initially hesitant to share the news with him, instead waiting several weeks before explaining why Richard DeLisi was unable to return his son’s phone calls. Advocates for DeLisi have worked for decades to secure his early release from prison, citing both health and legal concerns. As more states decriminalize and legalize cannabis, draconian prison sentences need to be revisited, said Chiara Juster, a marijuana criminal reform advocate and lawyer on DeLisi’s legal team. Richard DeLisi appealed that same year but was unsuccessful. When Richard DeLisi is finally released from prison, Rick DeLisi intends to pack up his family and fly to the U.S. despite the pandemic.
Persons: Richard DeLisi, , Rick DeLisi, , DeLisi, Chiara Juster, ” Juster, ” DeLisi, Ted DeLisi, Judge Dennis Maloney, George H.W, Bush, Mariah Daly, ” Rick DeLisi, Richard’s, we’ve Organizations: Florida Department of Corrections, Bay Correctional, Covid, South, Correctional, Statewide, DeLisi, Prosecutors, of National Drug Control Locations: Jamaica, Bay, Palm Beach County, , Washington, Florida, Oregon, Polk, Polk County, Amsterdam
(Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Friday declared unconstitutional two south Florida laws that banned therapists from offering conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights. A June study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law said 20 states and Washington, D.C. ban licensed healthcare professionals from conducting conversion therapy on children. The American Psychiatric Association also opposes conversion therapy, saying the practice often assumes that homosexuality is a mental disorder. Circuit Court of Appeals, No.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Britt Grant, Robert Otto, Julie Hamilton, , Donald Trump, Barbara Martin, Barack Obama, Boca, Jamie Cole, Helene Hvizd, Mat Staver, Otto et Organizations: Reuters, LGBT, REUTERS, Circuit, Boca Raton, Democratic, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, American Psychiatric Association, Boca Locations: Florida, Greenwich, New York City, U.S, Palm Beach County, Friday’s, Palm Beach, Washington, City, Boca Raton , Florida, 11th U.S
Florida votes to raise state's minimum wage to $15 an hour
  + stars: | 2020-11-04 | by ( Jacob Pramuk | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
Florida voted Tuesday to gradually hike the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a growing list of states and municipalities in taking the step. Florida becomes the eighth state to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and the second-most populous to do so. For every year after that, the minimum wage would rise by $1 an hour until it hits $15 in 2026. Labor advocates have long argued to raise minimum pay to what they call a living wage. Still, many businesses in Florida have argued against increasing the minimum wage.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, John Morgan Organizations: Palm Beach County Public Library, Florida, Associated Press, Labor, Democratic, CNBC, YouTube Locations: Palm Beach, Palm Beach , Florida, U.S, Florida, California
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