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California prohibits therapy to “fix” homosexuality teens
(Blogmensgo, October 2, 2012) Jerry Brown, Governor of California, ratified on September 30, 2012, a law prohibiting therapies "rectification" of homosexuality. California will become the first in January 2013, upon the entry into force of the text, the first U.S. state to ban such practices.
Law SB 1172 (see our article of June 5th, 2012) was successively passed by the Senate and House of Representatives before being deposited on the governor's office on September 10, 2012, with several substantial changes to the text original presented by Sen. Ted W. Place.
The main provision is to prohibit any therapy aimed at changing a homosexual orientation of adolescents, regardless of the name of the therapist, the name of the therapy and the degree of consent of the involvement teens parents.
The scope of the text finally adopted is therefore limited to therapies against minors. It seems to me that the original bill was a somewhat wider range.
Anyway, said Senator Brown (source), such therapies "have no scientific or medical basis and will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery." The new law also aims to counter the psychological damage caused by these so-called therapies.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original click here.