L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Court puts hold on gay conversion therapy ban

A federal appeals court Friday put a hold on a new state law intended to prevent therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to a block the law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, pending a decision on its constitutionality.

The law would subject psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to discipline by their licensing boards for providing minors therapy to change their sexual orientation.

The state says the therapy is ineffective and dangerous.

Therapists, minors and their parents, represented by a Christian-rights group, sued the state on the grounds the new law violates free speech rights.

A district court judge refused to block the ban, and the law’s opponents appealed to the 9th Circuit.

The three-judge panel has scheduled a briefing over the next several weeks but has not indicated when it might rule.

ALSO:

Dec. 21 school threats bring SWAT officers to Diamond Ranch High

Fresno student brought gun, 50 rounds of ammo to school, police say

Police probe threat of possible gun violence at South Pasadena High School

-- Maura Dolan

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: