But Thomas More Society lawyer Michael McHale told the council he believes the eighth district court governing Nebraska would overturn the ordinance as unconstitutional.
McHale argued at the public hearing that the regulation illegally limits the discussion of an issue to only one point of view in sessions initiated by the client.
In November last year, a divided federal appeals court overturned a ban on conversion therapy adopted in Florida cities.
“Therefore, if the City Council adopts this proposed ordinance, Lincoln’s taxpayers are likely to be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees,” McHale said in a press release.
Lincoln City Attorney Yohance Christie said he believes the ordinance can be successfully defended in court, noting that the Florida lawsuit is pending.
Councilor Roy Christensen, who decided on the sole vote, questioned whether the city should disrupt a profession run by state licensing boards.
Similar proposals to ban conversion processing at the state level have not been put to the vote.
Councilwoman Tammy Ward called the measure an important human rights measure and one that shows the city’s values.
Councilors Sändra Washington, Bennie Shobe and Jane Raybould voted with Ward and Bowers to approve the measure. Councilor Richard Meginnis was absent from Monday’s meeting.
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