John M. Becker

SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Challenge to CA 'Ex-Gay' Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | June 30, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: California, conversion therapy, ex-gay, ex-gay myth, ex-gay therapy, National Center for Lesbian Rights, NCLR, reparative therapy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

scales_justice.jpgToday, in a rare bit of good news from the Supreme Court, the justices refused to hear a challenge to California's landmark law banning discredited and abusive "ex-gay" therapy from being offered to minors.

The AP reports:

The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that California lawmakers properly showed that efforts to change sexual orientation were outside the scientific mainstream and have been rejected for good reason.

This means that California's "ex-gay" therapy ban stands, and is a major rebuke to the Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay legal group that challenged the law.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, which championed the law and is now spearheading a nationwide campaign to eradicate "ex-gay" therapy, cheered the news in a press release:

NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter said: "This life-saving law has cleared the final hurdle and will now protect California youth from harmful practices that have been rejected by all leading medical and mental health organizations. This important legislation will permanently improve the health and well-being of California's most vulnerable LGBT young people. We look forward to more states joining California and New Jersey in preventing state-licensed therapists from engaging in discredited practices that offer no health benefits and put LGBT youth at risk of severe harm, including depression and suicide."

Added Equality California Executive Director-Elect Rick Zbur: "The Supreme Court's decision to let Senate Bill 1172 protect our LGBT youth is a major step forward for California and our nation. We are proud to live in the first state to protect young people from the lifelong damage caused by these horrific practices. We thank Sen. Ted Lieu for authoring this bill, Speaker Emeritus John A. PĂ©rez for his bold leadership in helping to get the law passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown for signing it into law."

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