SB 1172

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 Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), the author of SB 1172, which repealed the practice of gay conversion therapy for minors, praised a Jan. 29 Ninth Circuit Court ruling denying a rehearing in a lawsuit that challenged his law.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.”

THE BAY AREA REPORTER: Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

January 29, 2014

California’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors will remain in place after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (January 29) denied a rehearing by the full court. A three-judge panel of the court had previously upheld the law, Senate Bill 1172.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Court upholds California ban on ‘sexual-orientation change’ therapy

January 29, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

A federal appellate court Wednesday let stand a first-in-the-nation California law that prohibits licensed therapists from offering “change” therapy for children who are struggling with same-sex attractions.

A lawyer for the therapists and others suing to overturn the law, SB 1172, said they would seek review from the Supreme Court.

Author of first-in-nation ban on ‘gay conversion’ for minors praises court decision

January 29, 2014
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Ruling is latest on Sen. Ted W. Lieu law

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Lieu, author of the groundbreaking 2013 California measure (Senate Bill 1172) that repealed the practice of gay conversion therapy for minors, issued the following statement in response to today’s Ninth Circuit Court ruling denying a rehearing en banc:

“Supporters of equal rights can now rest more easily,” said Lieu, D-Torrance. “Today’s decision is cement over the nail in the coffin of the bogus practice of ‘reparative’ therapy.”

CAPITOL PUBLIC RADIO/NPR: Federal Court Upholds California's Law Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

August 29, 2013
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A federal court has ruled that a California law barring therapists from trying to persuade gay minors into becoming heterosexuals will remain on the books. Opponents had challenged the law’s constitutionality.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Ban on therapy to 'convert' gay minors upheld

August 30, 2013

U.S. appellate panel upholds California's ban on so-called conversion therapy for gays, rejecting arguments that it violated the 1st Amendment or parents' rights.

By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO — California may enforce a new law that prohibits mental health professionals from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, a federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Antigay therapy ban OKd

August 30, 2013

California can enforce its ban on "conversion" therapy that aims to turn gay youths straight, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying the law regulates medical practice and does not interfere with free speech or the right of parents to raise their children.

The law, the first of its kind in the nation, was enacted last year but has been on hold during court review. It bars licensed therapists from engaging in "sexual orientation change efforts" with patients under 18.

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