Court blocks gay ther­apy ban

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

A fed­eral ap­peals court on Fri­day put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind Cal­i­for­nia law that bans ther­apy aimed at turn­ing gay mi­nors straight. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals is­sued an emer­gency or­der putting the law on hold un­til it can hear full ar­gu­ments on the is­sue. The law was set to take ef­fect Jan. 1. The law, which was passed by the Leg­is­la­ture and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, 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.

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