California Gov. Jerry Brown Appeals ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Ban Injunction


The Los Angeles Times reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown, a long-time LGBT ally, today filed an appeal against a court order that halted a California state law banning ex-gay therapy for minors.

The notice of appeal was filed on behalf of Brown and the Medical Board of California by state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided Dec. 21 to block the law that took effect Jan. 1 pending a decision on its constitutionality.

A small group of therapists and religious groups argued that the law infringes on their rights to free speech, but Harris has called conversion therapy "unsound and harmful."

Harris asked the court Wednesday to look at a recent decision by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller upholding the law.

"Defendants wish to apprise the 9th Circuit of a related case currently pending before it … denying a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have enjoined enforcement of Senate Bill 1172," Harris wrote. "Both appeals involve the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1172 and raise the same and/or closely related legal issues."


  1. Billy says

    Ex Gay Therapy kills LGBT people. The anti-gay Christians and Christian psychotherapist are criminals who use fraud and quack science get money from people to murder LGBT people in the name of the Christian religion and psychotherapy.

  2. kp05 says

    Can anyone tell me how the heck the three most zealoty judges made up this panel on the 9th? We had a hardcore Mormon (Bush Jr. appointee and BYU grad), a Nixon appointee (who will be 90 this year), and a Reagan appointee (mid-80s, Notre Dame law grad). The future CA LGBT community’s health should not be decided by three men who are deathly old and/or religious nuts.

  3. Jerry says

    Any decision unfavorable to upholding the law banning ex-gay therapy for minors should be immediately appealed to the full Ninth Circuit, if possible.

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