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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy for Minors

Good news. Jerry Brown signed SB 1172, which had languished on his desk for more than amonth after being passed by California's legislature in August, the SF Chronicle reports:

Jerry_brownThe bill, SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), bars mental health practitioners from performing so-called reparative therapy, which professional psychological organizations have said may cause harm. Gay rights groups have labeled them dangerous and abusive.

"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said in a statement to The Chronicle.

Brown approved the ban after the public release of two other lists of bills signed and vetoed earlier Saturday. Lieu's bill is expected to appear on a new list to be released Sunday.

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  1. This law only applies to licensed therapists and could prove to make things even harder on some children.

    There's nothing in the law that stops motivated parents from committing their children to faith-based therapies run by non-licensed therapists. As it is now many of the people who staff these programs are unlicensed and wouldn't be effected by this law.

    There's a real possibility that this could just serve to drive ex-gay therapy underground and into the hands of even less qualified extremists and quacks.

    Just something to be aware of.

    Posted by: Leo | Oct 1, 2012 12:44:23 PM


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