Federal Appeals Court Upholds California Ban on “Conversion” Therapy For Minors

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court has unanimously upheld California’s pioneering law that prohibits state-licensed mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” (“SOCE,” a/k/a “conversion” therapy) with minors.

The court ruled that the law does not violate the rights of therapists who wish to engage in SOCE, the rights of minor patients, or the rights of parents who wish to subject their children to this discredited practice. The court also rejected arguments that the law is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.

The ruling will allow the law finally to go into effect, assuming the Supreme Court does not get involved. (I think it’s unlikely that the Supreme Court would take a case like this at this time, but you never know.) Earlier rulings had placed California’s law on hold while the court decided its constitutionality.

Click here for the court’s decision, and stay tuned for additional thoughts.


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