California is one of the leaders of the gay rights movement. Despite passing an anti-gay marriage law (that was blocked as unconstitutional), it’s a very liberal, gay-friendly state for the most part. Hence, California is taking steps to improve the quality of life for gay teenagers, especially those under 18. The controversial anti-gay therapy known as reparative therapy is no longer acceptable in Cali. California has banned anti-gay reparative therapy for people under age 18. The bill banning the procedure, SB1172, was sponsored by Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, California.
“This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery,” said California Governor Jerry Brown after signing the bill.
The law takes effect on January 1; according to the bill, it will be illegal for therapists ”to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex” on people under age 18, even with parental and/or patient permission.
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