Group files lawsuit against new California law banning reparative therapy for LGBT minors

Pacific Justice Institute wants courts to halt law before it takes effect in 2013

Group files lawsuit against new California law banning reparative therapy for LGBT minors
03 October 2012

Just days after California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that bans so-called ‘conversation’ therapy that attempts to turn gay kids straight, a conservative group is suing to keep the law from going into effect.

The Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit late Monday (1 October) in federal court in Sacramento claiming that the law is a violation of free speech rights of therapists and of the privacy rights of patients and their parents.

‘This outrageous bill makes no exceptions for young victims of sexual abuse who are plagued with unwanted same-sex attraction, nor does it respect the consciences of mental health professionals who work in a church,’ institute president Brad Dacus tells the Los Angeles Times. ‘We are filing suit to defend families, children and religious freedom.’

Supporters of the law, the first of its kind in the US, blasted the institute for its legal filing.

‘This lawsuit is a desperate, last ditch effort to defend the indefensible,’ said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell. ‘The plain fact is that every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these practices are ineffective and dangerous. The state has a clear duty to protect minors from harm, and that is exactly what this law does.’

The law applies not only to sexual orientation but also to gender expression. It seeks to protect LGBT young people from practices which include the use of shame, verbal abuse, and aversion therapy that backers of the law say place youth at high risk of depression and suicide.

The law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors.



No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Gay British Bake Off teases tasty treats for Manchester Pride

LGBT group the ‘Village Bakers’ to host their own version of the BBC baking show to raise funds for Manchester Pride
Ukraine tennis pro: 'Definitely no gays' in men's top 100, but 'every other' female player is lesbian
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

São Paulo Metro posters fight gay hate

Brazilian city of São Paulo tackles transphobia and homophobia with Metro posters
No thumbnail available

Fiji’s first Pride march cancelled

Fiji’s first LGBT rights march cancelled because officials ‘did not realise they had given a permit for gays to march’
No thumbnail available

Australia will send LGBT refugees to Papua New Guinea despite anti-gay laws

Australia’s Attorney General has confirmed that genuine refugees who attempt to travel to Australia by boat will be resettled in Papua New Guinea, regardless of sexuality, where LGBTs could potentially be jailed for up to 14 years
No thumbnail available

Gay Paralympic athlete Lee Pearson wins silver medal

British Paralympian wins his first silver in the London 2012 games in the individual dressage event
No thumbnail available

Groups say they have enough signatures to put California transgender law on ballot

Anti-LGBTI coalition Privacy for all Students say they have collected more than the half million signatures they need to force a referendum on a California state law allowing transgender students access to the bathrooms of their choosing
No thumbnail available

Marriage activists back Taiwan opposition in election

Taiwan voters urged to support pro-partner rights candidate Tsai Ing-wen in national vote on 14 January