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Court grants delay of Cailf. law banning conversion therapy on LGBT minors

Friday, December 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the start of a new California law that prohibits therapists from practicing sexual orientation conversion, or “reparative,” therapy on minors.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an emergency order Friday putting the law on hold until it can hear full arguments on the issue.

The law was set to take effect Jan. 1 — today’s decision temporarily postpones that date until the court rules on the underlying appeal of a decision earlier this month by Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. In her ruling, Mueller denied a request by an anti-LGBT organization to stop the law from going into effect.

Earlier this month, Mueller also granted a motion by Equality California, an LGBT advocacy group, to intervene in the lawsuit and defend the law alongside California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who represents the State of California defendants. Equality California is represented in the case by National Center for Lesban Rights (NCLR) and the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

The Ninth Circuit has put the case on a fast track and will rule on that appeal early next year.

The law, authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu, was co-sponsored by NCLR, Equality California, Gaylesta, Courage Campaign, Lambda Legal, and Mental Health America of Northern California, and supported by dozens of organizations. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law on Sept. 29.

If the court rules in favor of the law, California would become the first state in the nation to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts of any kind for a minor patient, regardless of a parent’s willingness or desire to authorize participation in such programs.

“Every leading medical and mental health organization has warned therapists and parents that these practices do not work and put young people at risk of serious harm, including depression and suicide,” said NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter.

“No young person should be subjected to these dangerous practices, and no licensed therapist should be permitted to engage in practices that cause such serious harm. We are pleased that this case is on a fast track so that this lifesaving law can take effect as soon as possible,” said Minter.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. it makes me so sick on my stomach that they think it is ok to use electroshock therapy on children..

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:39pm
  2. Conversion Therapy? That’s just sick. It really gives therapists a bad name. E.g. The Rapists.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:46pm
  3. The Cartoon “American Dad

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:47pm
  4. So Sick… It is shocking to me how most Americans just utterly dismiss reality if they don’t like it.

    ► No Evidence That Therapy Can Turn Gays Straight
    http://www.livescience.com/culture/090806-homosexual-therapy.html

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:50pm
  5. ” on Adult Swim.” Should be boycotted. I saw an episode tonight that was horrific. A father bullying his son and calling him homophobic names.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:56pm
  6. I thought conversion therapy stopped being used a long time ago. It’s not even considered a disease anymore by the DSM IV

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:03pm
  7. USA should be profoundly ashamed of its recent & current history with so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:38pm
  8. They need to ban that!!! Not only does it not work it messes with their short term memory! My mom had them for different reasons but her short term memory is shot!

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:38pm
  9. Man, sometimes it feels we move backwards on some fronts… Oh wait, we did just move backwards.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:41pm
  10. I support conversion therapy. We should put politicians through it and convert them to humans with a conscience

    Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:00am
  11. If two women love each other, they love each other as sisters or a daughter and mother. If two men love each other, they love each other as brothers or a son and father. To say that two men or two women having sex with each other is love is just a sorry excuse to justify your sexual perversion/lust.

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7:08pm
  12. BOO!

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7:08pm
  13. The creepy troll who wrote above here needs his own therapy, not Gay people (and if he is one, that’s all kinds of self-loathing). There should be NO delay – it is wrong, and dangerous and absolutely unsound to LGBT minors.

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7:10pm
  14. @kyle wilson: We in the LGBT community did not have a choice as to what we are, we were born this way. How misinformed and closed minded you are. The so-called “conversion therapy” or any thing akin to it is wrong. What about the hypoctatical oath? Do No Harm??? These torturous “therapies” have been proven not to work, ineffective quackery, and both barbaric and a form of child abuse. You need to look at both sides of the story, both from a human standpoint as well as a medical one. U need help.

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7:20pm
  15. Basically the Court granted a delay of a law protecting children from abuse.

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:17pm
  16. This is just plain mentally sick

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:26pm
  17. So fucking sad. Bull shit.

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:51pm
  18. They should be able to at least say the state won’t pay for it as it is not “evidence based” or accepted standard of care …

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:02pm
  19. Lets delay torture! Wtf ca?

    Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:10pm