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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 23:07

Federal Judge Blocks California 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban

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Several months ago, a law blocking "reparatives" therapies was approved and signed by the Governor Jerry Brown in California. Two anti-gay groups then tried to overturned it (Pacific Justice Institute and Liberty Counsel). The pacific institute is for the moment successful because Monday, a federal judge blocked this law.

According to Associated PressAssociated Press, U.S. District Court Judge William ShubbWilliam Shubb made a decision just hours after a hearing on the issue, ruling that the First Amendment rights of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals who engage in "reparative" or "conversion" therapy outweigh concern that the practice poses a danger to young people.

"Even if SB 1172 is characterized as primarily aimed at regulating conduct, it also extends to forms of (conversion therapy) that utilize speech and, at a minimum, regulates conduct that has an incidental effect on speech," Shubb wrote.

The law was supposed to take effect on January 1st. We now have to wait and see if Shubb hold a trial.

The judge also disputed the California Legislature's finding that trying to change young people's sexual orientation puts them at risk for suicide or depression, saying it was based on "questionable and scientifically incomplete studies, Associated Press reports.

APA (American Psychological Association) as all the mainstream mental health associations have clearly said the danger of this kind of practice.

Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director, said to be "disappointed by the ruling, but very pleased that the temporary delay in implementing this important law applies only to the three plaintiffs who brought this lawsuit."

"We are confident that as the case progresses, it will be clear to the court that this law is fundamentally no different than many other laws that regulate health care professionals to protect patients," she added.

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