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Lawsuit Filed Over California Gay Teen Therapy Law

Wednesday Oct 3, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO - A Christian legal group has filed a lawsuit to overturn a first-of-its-kind California law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from practicing therapies aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight.

The Pacific Justice Institute challenged the law signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The lawsuit was filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

The institute filed the suit on behalf of a psychiatrist and a marriage and family therapist who is also a church pastor in San Diego. It also names as a plaintiff Aaron Bitzer, a Culver City man who says he has benefited from the "reparative" therapy.

The lawsuit claims the law, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, violates First Amendment and equal protection rights.

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  • Wayne M., 2012-10-04 20:30:44

    The law passed in California protects vulnerable people from being victimized by quack psychology that is proven not only not to work, but also to cause confusion and upset to those attempting this therapy. This is proven by the number of people who were "cured" of homosexuality, entered heterosexual relationships and then sought same-sex partners on the sly. Using reparative against teens is just another form of exploitation of minors, not unlike that engaged in by pedophiles. I note that some so-called "Christian" advocates of reparative therapy regard it as a free speech issue. Yeah! Sure! It is free speech just like allowing the so-called North American Man Boy "Love" Association to practice pedophilia is freedom of association and speech.

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