LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lawrence will no longer allow minors to undergo conversion therapy designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The city commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to prohibit licensed providers from practicing the therapy in Lawrence. Commissioners said research on conversion therapy shows it is harmful to children’s mental health and increases the risk of suicide.

After some religious leaders previously raised concerns, commissioners noted the ordinance is aimed only at licensed providers, not clergy or religious figures who provide counseling without a license.