facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Court stays California gay therapy law

Dec. 22, 2012 at 12:27 AM   |   Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- California cannot enforce a ban on homosexual conversion therapy for minors until its constitutionality is decided, a federal appeals panel said Friday.

The law was scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, but three judges on the 9th Circuit stayed it, the Los Angeles Times reported. Under the law, mental health professionals who use conversion therapy on underage patients could be disciplined by state licensing boards.

The therapy aims to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality. Critics say it is not effective and can be dangerous, especially for teenagers.

A Christian group sued the state on behalf of therapists, teenagers and their parents. The suit argues the law restricts therapists' freedom of speech.

The group appealed after a U.S. District judge denied a stay.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
2
Elizabeth Warren continues chanting: 'The game is rigged' Elizabeth Warren continues chanting: 'The game is rigged'
3
Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting
4
Sweden continues search for suspected Russian submarine Sweden continues search for suspected Russian submarine
5
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback