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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop California ban on conversion therapy Law…

The law passed in California banning conversion therapy for people younger than 18 will still go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, regardless to an earlier judges ruling to halt it. 

Judge Kimberly Mueller’s ruling follows Monday’s decision by Judge William B. Schubb, both of whom are from the U.S. district court for the Eastern District of California. Schubb’s decision exempted three therapists from adhering to the law, while Mueller’s decision ensures that the law goes into effect starting January 1, 2013 for all other practitioners.

The attempted injunction was raised by the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality(NARTH), represented by the antigay legal group, the Liberty Counsel.

Remember NARTH is the former “home” of George Rekers, the former officer and scientific advisor of the who was caught hiring a male escort to travel with him, claiming he had back issues..:)

Equality California and National Center for Lesbian Rights on the bill,which sponsored the bill, had this to say:

“This law will put a stop to one of the most dangerous and discredited forms of discrimination against LGBT youth,” Equality California executive director John O’Connor said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased that the court’s decision will allow the law to go into effect on January 1, 2013 as planned, and young people in this state will no longer have to fear that they can be subjected to these dangerous practices by licensed therapists. Every day that licensed therapists are permitted to engage in these dangerous and discredited practices is another day that our youth are placed at risk of depression, substance abuse, and attempted suicide. The state has a duty to protect minors from conduct by licensed health care professionals that is both harmful and offers no benefit to health.”

via Judge Denies Another Attempt to Stop California Ex Gay Law | Advocate.com.

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