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Judge may suspend California’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

A federal judge in Sacramento is expected to decide this week whether to suspend a new state law that bans gay conversion therapy for minors.

The new law, set to take effect Jan. 1, prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay youths to change their sexual orientation.

Counselors and parents sued to overturn the law. The parents have said the therapy helped their teenage sons.  In a 50-minute hearing  Friday, their attorney asked U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller to stop the ban conversion therapy from taking effect while they pursue a court challenge.

Deputy State Attorney General Alexandra Gordon argued the ban protects young people from a practice that mainstream mental health organizations reject.

Judge Mueller said she plans to issue a written ruling sometime this week.

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