Sex conversion ban challenged

22:12, Dec 04 2012

For the second time in two days, a federal judge in California has issued a decision on the state’s first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors. 

US District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued a ruling Tuesday that will allow the ban on ‘‘conversion’’ therapy to take effect on January 1. 

Her ruling came in a lawsuit filed by four counsellors, two families, a professional organisation for practitioners and a Christian therapists group seeking to overturn the law.

On Monday, Mueller’s colleague, US District Judge William Shubb, handed down a somewhat competing ruling. 

He granted a request by two mental health providers and a former patient to be immune from the law until their lawsuit seeking to overturn it on First Amendment grounds can be heard next year.

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