Gov. Brown signs ban on “ex-gay” therapy for minors 9/30/12

jerry_brownCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will ban “reparative” therapy on anyone under the age of 18. The bill, SB 1172, now law, will prohibit such treatment, and any practitioner who does engage in such procedures will be subject to discipline by his or her licensing board.

“Ex-gay” treatment has been declared ineffective and possibly dangerous by the related medical associations responsible for mental health standards, and gay rights organizations have been lobbying for this bill since it was introduced by Senator Ted Lieu -D Torrance (Los Angeles County).

“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 San Francisco Chronicle.

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The bill only addresses those under 18 years of age. Adults who wish to attempt “conversion” are free to try, if they can find someone willing to “treat” them. (and since there are plenty of religious-based people who are, it should not be a problem finding one) This will protect children from the attempts of their parents to convince them that they are “broken”, and can be fixed. The damage inflicted on young people by “reparative” therapy has led to suicides, attempted suicides, depression, and a host of other issues, not the least of which is homelessness. Whether thrown out for being gay, or running away to escape the tortures of “therapy”, many homeless youth are gay. This bill will help prevent the continuing use of discredited and ineffective treatments, at least on adolescents.
Cue outraged right-wingers, going on about ‘parental rights’, as if they had the right to torture their own children. California now takes the stand that parents cannot do whatever they like with their children in the name of religion, or simple bigotry.

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