California ban on gay 'conversion' treatment generates debate
One of the bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday that has gotten the most attention involves banning gay "conversion" treatment.
Times staff writer Anthony York discussed the bill and others in a Google+ Hangout earlier Monday.
"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young
people to depression and suicide,'' Brown wrote. "These practices have
no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the
dustbin of quackery."
The measure was supported by gay rights groups including Equality California. Its president, Clarissa Filgioun, said the governor's action reaffirmed that the therapy practices are "relics of prejudice and abuse.''
Christopher Rosik, president of the Assn. for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, called the new law an "unprecedented legislative intrusion."
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