California gay therapy law blocked by federal appeals court panel of judges

By on Dec 23, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, United States Comments

The so-called gay therapy law in California was blocked by a federal appeals court on Friday, December 21, 2012, which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown nearly three months ago. The gay therapy law, also known as Bill 1172, is reportedly aimed to help people under 18 year old avoid being gay.

According to CNN on Saturday, a three-member panel of federal judges at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the controversial California gay therapy law, which is supposed to take effect on January 1, 2013. No details on why the said law was blocked were mentioned, as well as names of the three judges.

When Governor Brown approved the bill last September 29, California became the first US state to ban therapy practices that allegedly can change the minds of the minors on their sexual preference, with some LGBT community saying that such therapies may hurt the feelings of gay and lesbian teenagers.

“This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.” Gov. Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) tweeted that time, whose decision received mixed reactions

Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT organization in the US, noted that the “LGBT youth will now be protected from a practice that has not only been debunked as junk science, but has been proven to have drastically negative effects on their well-being.”

However, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality spokesman David Pickup cited a report by the American Psychiatric Association has found no evidence that the said gay therapy causes harm to LGBT minors, telling CNN that time that they do “competent therapy and it truly works”.

Early this month, the same gay therapy law was temporarily blocked by U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb, noting that it may be violating the First Amendment rights of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health service professionals who are currently engaged in this field of therapy.

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