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Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

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State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance penned the bill to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight. The bill, SB1172 which would prohibit so-called reparative therapy for minors and obligate adults to sign a release form stating that the counseling is ineffective and possibly dangerous, was passed by the Senate Judiciary committee 3-1.

A federal appeals court has put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy that aims to turn gay minors straight.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order Friday putting the law on hold until it can hear full arguments on the issue. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1.

Licensed counselors who practice so-called "reparative therapy" and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court judge refused the request.

The California Legislature passed the law and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it in September. It would make mental health professionals who engage in efforts to change their clients' sexual orientations subject to discipline by state licensing boards.

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