Court Lets 'Gay Conversion' Therapy Continue, for Now
California law prohibiting it for minors won't take effect next month
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2012 12:07 PM CST

(Newser) – Advocates of a practice to "cure" gay teens of their homosexuality through therapy won a court fight in California yesterday. A federal appeals court ruled that such "gay conversion" therapies can continue until the constitutionality of a state law blocking the practice is decided, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The law was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, but written briefs won't even be filed until mid-February.

The legislation prohibits counselors and therapists from using what advocates call reparative therapy on anyone under 18, but a group called Liberty Counsel has sued to keep it from taking effect on free-speech grounds. A constitutional law expert cautions against reading too much into yesterday's decision. "This doesn't determine the ultimate outcome by the 9th Circuit," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "It still has to rule on the merits, and it could well go to the Supreme Court. But obviously this is a preliminary loss for supporters of the law."

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Dec 23, 2012 11:16 AM CST
If someone I loved were a pedophile, necrophiliac or homosexual, I would take any available action to help them overcome their unnatural attractions.
Dec 22, 2012 11:16 PM CST
Not every person who has same-sex attraction wants to to be saddled with it. I would love to see posts here from persons who have gone thru Conversion Therapy and give it a thumbs-up. Those I know who most loudly condemn Conversion Therapy privately talk of wanting as much fresh meat available as possible.
Dec 22, 2012 4:16 PM CST
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