BREAKING: CA Governor Brown Signs Bill Banning Reparative Therapy Into Law

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed Senate Bill 1172, which officially bans so-called “ex-gay” therapy for minors.

Sponsored by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), the measure will bar mental-health providers from providing treatment that seeks to change gender expression, or eliminate sexual or romantic same-sex attractions in persons under 18. If a therapist violates the law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, they will face disciplinary action from whatever organization licenses them.

“This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle. “These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

Reparative therapy—an umbrella term for various methods that often incorporate prayer or designate a childhood incident as a “root” for homosexuality—have been soundly condemned by the World Health Organization, the American Psychological Association and almost every other professional therapeutic group in America. (Adults can still seek such treatment, but do so with informed consent, not as the helpless victims of their parents or guardians)

“Governor Brown has reaffirmed what medical and mental health organizations have made clear: Efforts to change minors’ sexual orientation are not therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have inflicted untold harm on young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians,” said Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California board president.

It’s a great day for Californians, but the damaging practice of “praying away the gay” is still legal in 49 other states and across the globe: “This isn’t just a problem in California or even only the United States,” says Andre Banks of International LGBT rights group AllOut.org. “American religious extremists are bringing these dangerous practices to more than 30 countries all over the world, despite their overwhelming rejection by the medical community.”

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  • randallreynolds

    Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature are LGBT Heroes.

  • Dumdum

    I do hope that this will set a precedence for other states. But since it is California no one will care about what a bunch of fruits and nuts and bleeding heart liberals do. That’s where all them preeverts and Hollywood types live.

  • 2eo

    @Dumdum: Indeed, the image of California as the heartland of the liberal agenda grows ever stronger.

    Funny how it’s one of the more violent states with rampant homophobia, racism and sexism permeating most of the so called liberal professions.

  • SkeeterVT

    Funny that nobody dares to call “reparative therapy” what it really is: BRAINWASHING.

  • jmmartin

    The GOP’s science committee in the House may hold hearings on this issue: they are almost to a man illiterate when it comes to scientific advancements since the writing of the Book of Leviticus, so it is to be expected that Romney, if elected, will kowtow to their whimsical invention of what science “ought to be.” To those of you who believe that Doctor Bachman is a fluke, let me warn that if these creationist dolts get their way, it will again be illegal to teach evolution in schools, and the thing that made scientific advancements realities, “criticial thinking,” will be similarly banned. Put up your dukes and fight back!

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