While is was clear this would be fought in court, good news for science.
The day after a federal judge cast doubt on a new state law banning sexual-orientation therapy for minors, a second judge issued a ruling upholding it.
According to Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for the California attorney general, the ban on sexual-orientation therapy will take effect Jan. 1 as scheduled for everyone except two therapists and an aspiring therapist who sued to keep the ban from taking effect.
In Tuesday’s ruling, in a case brought by opponents asserting that the law violates free-speech, religious and parental rights, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller said the Legislature and governor had enough grounds to enact such a law, given that multiple mental health groups, including the American Psychological Assn., have discredited the therapy.
Here is the original article. The originator of the bill, State Sen. Ted Lieu, expects to be vindicated in a court challenge. It seems likely since reparative therapy is dead as a treatment. Religiously motivated therapists, however, are unwilling to let it go. Pray the gay away, they say.