‘Gay cure’ therapy ban in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signs Bill 1172 into law, receives mixed reactions

By on Oct 2, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

Updated: December 23, 2012 7:10 p.m.

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The so-called ‘gay cure’ therapy ban will be implemented in California, after California Governor Jerry Brown signs Bill 1172 into law on Saturday, September 29, 2012. LGBT rights organizations have been waiting for this bill to be approved, while some related therapy groups are against it.

California Gov Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown
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As noted at US news sites on Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial bill that day, making California as the first US state to ban therapy practices designed to change the sexual orientation of minors. The LGBT community said that such therapies could hurt the feelings of gay and lesbian teens.

According to reports, the ‘gay cure’ therapy law, which was sponsored by State Senator Ted W Lieu, will take effect on January 1, 2013, will be prohibiting mental health services to conduct therapy to children below 18 that would change their minds on choosing their sexual preferences, which Gov Brown agrees.

“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 on Monday, whose decision received mixed reactions.

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.” Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT organization in the US, was quoted in a statement.

“We commend Gov. Brown for putting children first, and call on all states to take California‘s lead on this issue.” Griffin added, who was supported by former patients of this ‘gay cure’ therapy, claiming that they suffered emotional stress after they were forced by their parents into it.

However, a group of ‘gay cure’ therapy practitioners said that they are against the law and insisted that the allegations are not true. National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality spokesman David Pickup said that a report by American Psychiatric Association finds no evidence that the practice causes harm.

“We do competent therapy, therapy that truly works. For them to have a bill that says, ‘No, we can’t even talk about these issues, we can’t do anything to help these children resolve their homosexual feelings and maximize their heterosexual potential’ — that’s the height of political and therapeutic irresponsibility.” Mr. Pickup told CNN.

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