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Ninth Circuit panel to hear appeal of California law banning "ex-gay therapy"

SAN FRANCISCO – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today will hear the challenge to California’s law that bans “ex-gay therapy” for minors.

Senate Bill 1172 was signed into law last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown, who praised the measure for protecting LGBT young people from dangerous practices called conversion therapy and reparative therapy. The therapy uses shame, verbal abuse and same-sex aversion techniques, and the success rate is considered nil.

"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," Gov. Brown said.

However, several practitioners of “ex-gay therapy” sued to halt implementation of the law, and two judges issued temporary injunctions.Read more HERE and HERE and HERE.

The three-judge panel consists of Judge Alex Kozinski, a Ronald Reagan appointee; Judge Susan Graber, a Bill Clinton appointee; and Judge Morgan Christen, a Barack Obama appointee.