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Court Blocks California Law Banning Gay Therapy

Home - by - December 22, 2012 - 16:30 America/New_York - 14 Comments

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A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning young homosexuals back to a normal orientation.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1.

Licensed counselors who practice so-called “reparative therapy” and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court judge refused the request.

The law, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this fall, states that therapists and counselors who use “sexual orientation change efforts” on clients under 18 would be engaging in unprofessional conduct and subject to discipline by state licensing boards.

The appeals court’s order prevents the state from enforcing the law, SB1172, while a different three-judge panel considers if the measure violates the First Amendment rights of therapists and parents.

Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver, whose Christian legal aide group is representing reparative therapy practitioners and recipients in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law, applauded the court’s decision to grant his request to delay its implementation.

“This law is politically motivated to interfere with counselors and clients. Liberty Counsel is thankful that the 9th Circuit blocked the law from going into effect,” Staver said. “This law is an astounding overreach by the government into the realm of counseling and would have caused irreparable harm.”

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“therapy aimed at turning young homosexuals back to a normal orientation” is only in response to the massive attempt at the socialists in public schools and the media to turn kids INTO homosexuals.

Idiots.

 

» 14 Comments

  1. Bad Brad

    December 22nd, 2012

    If the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped this law, it’s got some real problems. The 9th defines liberalism.

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  2. MaryfromMarin

    December 22nd, 2012

    GREAT! My husband can continue to counsel as he sees fit without checking over his shoulder (not that he was going to obey this POS law anyway–pardon my Anglo-Saxon).

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  3. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 22nd, 2012

    Talk about a law with a purely political agenda. The state is not forcing anyone into gay therapy counseling – it is trying to prohibit private parties from seeking and using such counseling. In other words, if you think you are gay, the state claims an interest in making sure you do not seek any professional assistance in correcting your sexual orientation. Gays are now apparently an endangered species in California.

    I would imagine being a homosexual in any society is not a particularly pleasant experience. If counseling will help return someone to a heterosexual lifestyle – and I have no idea if it will – then by all means private individuals should be allowed to choose this therapy. The state has absolutely no business interfering in this.

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  4. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 22nd, 2012

    Who is Ca kidding? They are the inventors of all kinds of “therapies”. Who are they to say THIS therapy is wrong? LOL

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  5. MaryfromMarin

    December 22nd, 2012

    @MJA–

    Speaking of therapy, the cat in your avatar needs it badly.

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  6. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 22nd, 2012

    Tell me again how a gov’t can ban a medical treatment that is not dangerous or life-threatening? Isn’t that part of the doctor/patient relationship? It’s just therapy. It’s not like internal organs are being removed or the patient is being “dropped in the woods” and told that only a real heterosexual man can make it home.

    This is all part of the liberal shibboleth that says homosexuality is forever. Some homosexuals have changed their lifestyles (or deathstyle in the age of AIDS as Dr. Thomas Sowell calls it) of sex and drugs because it was killing them. They gave up homosexuality and it’s associated deathstyle and now they’re alive and well. Some friends of these former homosexuals couldn’t stop the vicious circle of death and eventually did die. We’re supposed to feel sorry for them because that is the only politically correct response allowed.

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  7. Aunt Liz

    December 22nd, 2012

    This is excellent news – especially given that the block is from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. YAY!!

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  8. Bad Brad

    December 22nd, 2012

    Stranded:
    I don’t think that’s where they were going with that Bill. It was more of an argument that the State has more control over your sexually confused under aged children then you do. Quite a bit more infuriating in my book.

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  9. MaryfromMarin

    December 22nd, 2012

    @Brad–

    It’s both, although your explanation is probably the primary one. Another leftist two-fer; economy of words for maximum destruction and control.

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  10. Jorel Lives!

    December 22nd, 2012

    I’m surprised. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals? Really.

    Good comment Wyatt.

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  11. phil in philly

    December 22nd, 2012

    meh… the ninth dist. crt of appeals

    it’s like a brkoen mirror that’s right once every seven years

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  12. serfer62

    December 22nd, 2012

    Odessy has had great success for decades returning queers to straights.
    Their claim was over 90% (actually 97% but whos gonna believe that)after 10 years being straight

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  13. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 22nd, 2012

    Mary-
    I ♥ that cat! :D
    He’s a living “Garfield”.

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  14. MaryfromMarin

    December 23rd, 2012

    @MJA–

    Garfield needs therapy, too. They can do group counseling, @ reduced rates.

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