Sex conversion ban challenged

Last updated 11:12 05/12/2012

Relevant offers

Americas

Year-long Mars isolation experiment begins Oliver Sacks, Awakenings author and neurologist, dies at 82 Burning Man participants take dust storm in stride Lightning hits US football field, several hurt Murder charge after Texas policeman Darren Goforth shot dead An 8-year-old's tragic illness tests Mexico's ban on marijuana use Story about mystery safe in Arizona revealed as a hoax Survivor recounts on-air TV shooting from hospital bed Burst hydrant, high-voltage lines make spectacular scene Call for United States Congress to act on gun control

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.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content