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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Halts Law Stoping Ex-Gay Therapy On Minors In California

A three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California yesterday put an injunction on the law prohibiting use of ex-gay therapy on minors.

The ruling will keep the law, the first of its kind in the United States, from being instituted until it can be argued at future court hearings.

The judges did not give a reason for their ruling despite the fact that ALL major medical organizations have warned that ex-gay therapy, called “Reparative therapy”, has negative side-effects, including depression and suicide.

Lynda Gledhill from the California Attorney General’s office, which opposes ex-gay therapy for minors, vowed they will keep fighting those trying to “change” young gay Americans: “California was correct to outlaw this unsound and harmful practice, and the attorney general will vigorously defend this law.”


Will Kohler

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