California law prohibiting gay "conversion therapy" challenged over free speech

19 Apr 2013 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

California's law that would ban gay "conversion therapy", which was signed into law in the fall of 2012, is being challenged on free speech grounds. The bill,SB1172, "prohibit[s] a mental health provider... from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts...with a patient under 18 years of age." The bill was to have taken effect at the start of 2013, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put it on hold pending resolution of court cases about the law's constitutionality. At issue is whether the ban violates free speech and religious rights, and jeopardizes the livelihood of practicing therapists and counselors. California is the first state to have introduced such legislation.

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