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