Judge blocks California ban on “ex-gay” therapy

12/4/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A federal judge in California this week ruled that a new state law banning reparative therapy for minors likely violates the 1st Amendment rights of three plaintiffs who are suing to overturn the measure. U.S. District Judge William Shubb signed a temporary order blocking implementation of the law against the plaintiffs, pointing to weak evidence that "ex-gay" therapy can lead some minors to suicide. "This victory sends a clear signal to all those who feel they can stifle religious freedom, free speech, and the rights of parents without being contested," said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which brought the suit.

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