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Ninth Circuit Puts Hold on Gay Conversion Ban


by Publius
Posted December 24, 2012, 9:25 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

California's ban on therapy that seeks to turn gay minors straight, the first such law in the nation, has been put on hold.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Friday that the law signed in September by Gov. Jerry Brown will not be allowed to go into effect before a hearing on whether it is legal.

The injunction was in response to a motion filed by opponents of the law, who charge that it is a violation of the First Amendment.

The law would prohibit licensed therapists and counselors from engaging in what is called reparative therapy with anyone under age 18. Such therapy is described by supporters as a way to "cure" homosexuality, but gay-rights advocates as well as psychologists and family therapist groups have said the practice can have harmful effects on its subjects.

Under the law, SB1172, any licensed California counselor engaged in such therapy with minors could be disciplined by state licensing boards.


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