California's 'Gay Conversion' Therapy Ban Put On Hold
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A federal appeals court ruled to put California's law banning the controversial gay conversion therapy on hold.

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  Image: ALGBTICAL BY JASMINE BAILEY    A federal appeals court ruled Friday to put a hold on a California state law that would ban the controversial “conversion” therapy for minors, aiming to turn gay minors straight. XETV:    “The first of its kind law was supposed to go into effect January 1st. It would make mental health professionals who try to change their clients sexual orientations subject to discipline by state licensing boards.” KOFY:   “Councilors who practice the therapy and two families who say their teenage sons benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court refused their request.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle , opponents of the law claim that it violates First Amendment rights. In an interview with Bloomberg , a lawyer representing a therapist who filed to have the law overturned said…. “This law is politically motivated to interfere with counselors and clients … This law is an astounding overreach by the government into the realm of counseling and would have caused irreparable harm.” But according to the American Psychological Association , conversion therapy has not been proven to work and, in some cases, might even be harmful. It seems likely that the promotion of change therapies reinforces stereotypes and contributes to a negative climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons. This appears to be especially likely for … individuals who grow up in more conservative religious settings.” A doctor tells KTTV , that is exactly what the law aims to protect minors from. “To try to stop teenagers who have no control or power from being forced into gay conversion therapy. Like it protects children who are Christian Scientist and won’t give them penicillin.”   The three-judge panel gave no reason for its decision. Both sides have until mid-February to file written briefs on the case. A different panel of judges will then determine whether the law is constitutional.