SB 1172

WEST HOLLYWOOD NEWS: WeHo's, and America's gay rights piñata has burst

July 07, 2014

By Ryan Gierach

To us in West Hollywood, where so much of this began, it look as though the gay movement’s piñata has finally broken.

It was 1985 when John Heilman introduced the first domestic partner registry in the nation, a simple form that made “official before the city’s eyes” a same-sex couple’s commitment to one another. Its import was soon tested during the crucible of AIDS and the deaths of so many partners.

LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: A judicial 'no' on gay conversion therapy

July 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a California law authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu banning the use of so-call gay conversion therapy on minors.

By Times Editorial Board

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Ban on conversion therapy for gay youths survives challenge

June 30, 2014

By Henry K. Lee

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to overturn a California law banning conversion therapy that aims to turn gay youths straight.

The high court, without comment, let stand an appeals court ruling in August that upheld a law that bars licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of patients under 18. Those therapy methods have included counseling and training to encourage interactions with the opposite sex, hypnosis and aversive methods such as hormone treatment.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Justices turn away 'conversion' therapy ban cases

June 30, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

The Supreme Court Monday turned away two cases seeking to overturn a California law that bans gay “conversion” therapy for children and teens.

As it often does, the high court denied review of the cases without explanation.

Gay rights groups lauded the move, saying it shows that California lawmakers and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals were correct to lobby for and uphold such a ban.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: California Supreme Court Clears Ban On Therapy Turning Gay Minors Straight

June 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

REUTERS: Supreme Court won't intervene in California ban on gay-conversion therapy

June 30, 2014

By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider arguments against California's ban on a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in children, allowing the prohibition to be enforced in the most populous U.S. state.

BEVERLY PRESS: Lieu priases SB 1172 ruling

February 20, 2014

State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), the author of SB 1172, which repealed the practice of gay conversion therapy for minors, praised a Jan. 29 Ninth Circuit Court ruling denying a rehearing in a lawsuit that challenged his law. “Supporters of equal rights can now rest more easily,” Lieu said. “Today’s decision is cement over the nail in the coffin of the bogus practice of ‘reparative’ therapy.”

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: More states likely to ban sexual-orientation change therapy

February 16, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

The push to ban sexual-orientation “change” therapy for children is growing as lawmakers in at least eight states have introduced bills to outlaw the practice and gay-rights advocates expect at least a few to become law this year.

In Maryland, Delegate Jon S. Cardin, a Democrat who is running for state attorney general, has filed legislation that would ban such therapy. He said leading medical and psychological organizations have declared that “being gay is not a disease or a choice.”

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