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Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on reparative therapy for minors

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO –A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that prohibits psychological counseling aimed at changing a minor’s sexual orientation.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a majority of its 27 judges voted against scheduling a new hearing.

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That leaves intact California’s first-in-the nation law barring licensed counselors from offering treatment geared toward changing the sexual orientation of minors, a practice referred to as reparative or conversion therapy.

The Legislature based the law on the unanimous consensus of the nation’s leading medical and mental health associations that such purported treatments have no scientific basis and put children at risk of serious harms, including depression and suicide.

The statute was challenged by therapists who argued that the law violated their right to freedom of speech.

On Aug. 29, 2013, a panel of the Ninth Circuit held that California’s law was a permissible regulation of medical treatment to protect public health and safety, and did not violate the free speech rights of therapists.

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“Today’s decision affirms that California can protect young people and their families from being deceived and harmed by unethical therapists who falsely claim they can change a person’s sexual orientation,” said Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

“These practices have no scientific basis and can cause serious, lasting harms that devastate families and destroy young lives,” said Minter.

Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal aid group that challenged the law, said it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

New Jersey enacted a similar law in 2013. A federal district court upheld New Jersey’s law on November 8, 2013, and that law is currently the subject of an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Good!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:35pm
  2. Good to see California has the decency to shut down that brainwashing “therapy”.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:35pm
  3. “Reparative” Therapy for homosexuality, is no different from indoctrination of children to religious dogma. It too, should be banned.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:51pm
  4. Agreed!

    Replied on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 1:42am
  5. Great job CA. It is one of the things I most worry about is the damage done to the ultra right wingers kids. I can’t imagine how bad it must be to be a gay teen in a home of crazy fundie right wingers. To be sent off to a camp for people to change. It is no wonder gay teen suicide is over the top. The kids don’t do this because they are gay but because of the shame and hatred placed on them for being gay. There is a huge diffrence in the two. Again thanks CA for loking after the kids.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:59pm
  6. Excellent. This abhorent practice should be banned everywhere.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:11pm
  7. Why in the world would any state government have to get involved in any of this?

    Therapists all have to have credentials from national or state professional associations, right? National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, etc. Right?

    Why don’t they all just set policies to yank credentials– credentials they’re empowered to give or withhold– of anybody caught doing this nonsense?

    Do that at the level of national associations and the quacks wouldn’t be able to just shuffle off to the state next door.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:25pm
  8. Watch “ClockWork Orange” if you want to know what this therapy is all about!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:31pm
  9. YES!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:07pm
  10. I agree “clockwork orange” therapy at its best… Not. What else are they going to do but perform an exorcism, they’ve tried everything else. After all, being gay is the new devil.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:12pm
  11. it’s the only thing I know. it’s the only thing i can control. actually being completely honest, i’m fucking losing it

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:39pm
  12. Thankfully!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:30pm
  13. Thank GOD!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:13am
  14. We are tackling this in Virginia tomorrow… survivor stories will not be silenced. http://www.beyondexgay.com

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:22am
  15. I told Liberty Council on their Facebook page back in October 2012 when they filed the lawsuit against the California law that their wasting their time and money fighting this because the courts will uphold ban since there is no constitutional right to force gay teenagers to go threw unproven, unscientific, and dangerous pray the gay away therapy but they just didn’t believed me.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:55am
  16. well I always thought California should be the nation’s model for social policy. not much else, but social policy. and I am once again proven right.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:34am
  17. seriously i cant understand why people think that “therapy” would work and then to waste the time of the court and the taxpayers money? just idiocy. Too bad they cant go back on these people for court costs or something

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 5:35am
  18. Blessed be..

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:08am
  19. Correct !!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:15am
  20. Thank God someone is in their right mind

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:26am
  21. Keep in mind that many of these “therapy methods” are actually just torture, terror, and brain damage (electric shock, lobotomy…

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:44am
  22. Thows that do such sick sht .to there kids .are not parents but pedifiles and child abuse’ers useing faith as means to hurt kids .suffer not the little childrin .did christ not say thies verry words

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:15am
  23. Children have better things to do then think abbout sexual flavours.LET THEM BE KID’S FOR @#$%’S SAKE…

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:35am