April 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Calif. court to consider gay conversion therapy
scales of justice, gay news, Washington Blade

There’s a showdown in California between supporters and opponents of gay conversion therapy. (Photo by Mbiama via Wikimedia Commons)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — This week a federal appeals court in California was expected to review whether the state’s attempt to ban the practice of gay “conversion” therapy for minors tramples on the rights of families to seek psychotherapy and counseling, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday. It will also consider whether attempts to ban the practice improperly threatens professional therapists who risk losing their licenses and livelihoods if they can no longer practice legally.

A group of therapists and parents challenged the law in January, arguing it interferes with religious practices and violates free speech rights by barring discussions between young patients and their counselors. The case has created a legal standoff between a state’s power to regulate what it considers harmful conduct by licensed professionals and supporters of the practice who say parents have a right to follow their beliefs in arranging such therapy for their children, the Mercury News reported.

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