Two groups will challenge the constitutionality of a new California law banning minors from receiving reparative therapy
While California became the first state Saturday to pass a bill that bans minors from receiving reparative therapyâ€”a counseling method that tries to help a person change sexual orientationâ€”the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) and Liberty Council have announced plans to challenge the law in court.
The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, would be the first in California to outlaw a specific kind of therapy. It prohibits all reparative therapy for minors and forces adults to sign a release form stating that the counseling is ineffective and possibly dangerous. Supporters of the law claim that reparative therapy psychologically harms children and forces them to try to change their sexual orientation.
But opponents of the new law say it is based on the political beliefs of the lawmakers rather than actual evidence of harm. Patients have not filed any complaints about reparative therapists to the stateâ€™s...