Way back in September of 2012, California told licensed counselors and therapists that they would no longer be legally allowed to practice any sort of therapy that is meant to change a person’s sexual orientation. After being challenged several times in the following years by anti-LGBT groups Liberty Counsel and the National Association for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality, the supreme court has today decided that it would decline to view the case.
While not an official ruling, it acts, in effect, the same. Senator Ted Lieu is the original author of the bill that banned such therapy in the first place for reasons of accelerating depression and increasing rates of teenage suicide.
It is worth mentioning that “Conversion Therapy” as it is often called has been derided by such respectable institutions as the American Psychological Association and every other professional medical and mental health organization in the United States.
Imagine for a minute if the tables were turned, and the LGBT community held conversion therapies for young people to turn them homosexual. I can only ponder the outrage.