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Federal Court Upholds California's Law Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

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State Senator Ted Lieu.

CPR Photo/Max Pringle

The practice is called gay conversion therapy. State Senator Ted Lieu, who crafted the legislation that banned it, says the therapy amounts to psychological bullying.

“Children were being subjected to all sorts of treatments that had no medical basis,” Lieu says. “These purported treatments to convert them actually caused guilt, shame and in some cases, suicide.”

Opponents sued to overturn the law saying it interferes with professional therapists’ free speech rights and bars them from treating patients in the way they and the patient think is appropriate.  

Some opponents are considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lieu says he doesn’t expect the High Court to take up the case.

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Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio