California ban on gay conversion therapy put on hold

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A new state law intended to prevent therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation was put on hold Friday by a federal appeals court panel.


The law would subject psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to discipline by their licensing boards for providing minors therapy to change their sexual orientation. The state and many professional groups say the therapy is ineffective and potentially dangerous.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to block the law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, pending a decision on its constitutionality.

“This is a very good sign for our clients,” said Mathew Staver, found of Liberty Counsel, a religious liberties group that sued to block the law, arguing that it violates free speech rights. “To get an injunction pending appeal is a very difficult thing to do.”

A spokeswoman for state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said she would “vigorously defend” a law that banned what she termed an “unsound and harmful practice.”

A District Court judge initially rejected the suit by Liberty Counsel, whose clients include a 15-year-old boy undergoing the therapy. The Christian-oriented legal group appealed that decision to the 9th Circuit.

The judges who are hearing the case are Alfred T. Goodwin, appointed by President Nixon; Edward Leavy, a President Reagan appointee; and Milan D. Smith Jr., named to the court by President George W. Bush.

Staver, calling the preliminary injunction “very welcome news,” said it was “never routine” and granted only in extraordinary situations when the court believes an appeal has a “likelihood of success.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. OMG, This BS needs to stop.

    “This is a very good sign for our clients,” said Mathew Staver, found of Liberty Counsel, a religious liberties group that sued to block the law, arguing that it violates free speech rights. “To get an injunction pending appeal is a very difficult thing to do.”

    This is not a free speech issue; it’s medical malpractice.

  2. So a christian group wants to be allowed to provide therapy to minors to change their sexual orientation.

    Sounds like more religio-sexual-abuse to me.

    What’s the plan anyway? Hand them over to some pedophile priest, now rebranded as a therapist applying a novel form of aversion therapy? Shudder.

  3. It seems to me the right has the solution if these moron judges approve child abuse in the name of dog. Just make every office where this heinous practice is performed adhere to a set of building codes that would make Frank Lloyd Wright rise from the dead to weep. I addition, every practitioner of the abuse has to be licensed, correct? The state gets to regulate that licensing in any way it deems fit so just make the requirements so odious that no human could possibly bother to attempt them and give no reciprocity to out of state licensing not to mention no grandfathering of current practitioners.

  4. “This is a very good sign for our clients,” said Mathew Staver, found of Liberty Counsel, a religious liberties group that sued to block the law, arguing that it violates free speech rights. “To get an injunction pending appeal is a very difficult thing to do.”

    This claim is utter rubbish! There is no right to “free speech”, in giving professional advice!
    If a medical practitioner advises a patient that drinking concentrated sulphuric acid is a treatment for in-growing toe-nails, this is medical malpractice! Professional bodies require advice to be honest and competent! Liars and idiots cannot be allowed to act as professionals and then say what they like! Laws should require the same!

    A spokeswoman for state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said she would “vigorously defend” a law that banned what she termed an “unsound and harmful practice.”

    …and quite rightly too! – Hopefully with costs awarded against the bigoted mischief-makers!

  5. Much of what is not being reported her is that these therapies involved the most simplistic approaches to therapy based on old school social constructs of the American masculine gender. Of course the origin of homosexuality in men (they never studied women, but simply generalized their results) is the absent father and the overbearing mother. What’s missing in these young lives according to discredited scholars like Joseph Nicolosi would be healthy, nonsexual interaction with men–essentially because the father was not around? Sports! That’s right, they push these young men into baseball teams–they did this in Utah anyway when I was ordered by ecclesiastical leaders into anti-gay therapy. This is very much based on the work of a psychologist out of Colorado Springs who works with Focus on the Family (and anti-gay, “pro family” lobby group in Washington D.C.

  6. I guess I was lucky I missed the aversion therapy days at Brigham Young University when the on-staff psychologist, along with the researchers would enroll gay students into programs that involved attaching an instruments to the male genitalia to measure arousal, show them gay pornography, and electrocute them if an erection was detected.

  7. this is a very good sign for our clients

    Tires screech to a halt – wtf?

    They are MINORS; I very seriously doubt any went on their own accord,
    and then said “yay, the law will be appealed, carry on!”

  8. I wonder how they’d feel about religious conversion therapy? Religion is against atheist religious beliefs. You to can be atheist and follow the path of reason. we believe it is unreasonable for adults to believe in imaginary friends and are now offering Religious Conversion Therapy.

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