Ill. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Exempts Pastors, Judge Says

By Ryan Boysen (February 21, 2017, 6:39 PM EST) -- A coalition of Illinois pastors is claiming victory in its suit over a state law banning conversion therapy for gay youth, saying even though a federal judge tossed the suit on Wednesday, the ruling more or less amounts to what they'd sought in the first place: an order declaring pastors exempt from the law.

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzmán's ruling said the law's restriction on offering conversion therapy to minors in the course of "trade or commerce" does not apply to religious services, as Pastors Protecting Youth had feared it might, and dismissed the case for lack of standing....

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