The Madeleine Brand Show for May 9, 2012

Will California ban sexual orientation change therapy?

Gay To Straight

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State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance urged lawmakers to approve his bill to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight during a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2012. 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.

Here in California, the spotlight is on a controversial form of therapy aimed at turning gay people straight. California could become the first state to ban 'sexual orientation change therapy' for children under 18. A bill cleared a key legislative committee yesterday and appears poised to become law.

An American Psychological Association report says that this kind of therapy is "unlikely to be successful and involves some risk of harm" such as depression and suicidal thoughts. The law would not only ban the therapy, but would also allow lawsuits against therapists. If the bill does become law, lawsuits from various religious organizations are expected.

Guest:

Senator Ted Lieu, the bill's sponsor in Calif.'s state legislature. Lieu represents Torrance.


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