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Gay therapy ban author seeks Calif. House seat

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The California lawmaker who wrote the first-in-the-nation ban on “reparative” therapy for children with same-sex attractions is seeking the congressional seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman.

State Sen. Ted Lieu announced Friday that he would seek the seat of Mr. Waxman — whom he described as “a living legend” — as his district overlaps with more than 80 percent of the 20-term Democrat’s 33rd congressional district.

Mr. Lieu, a Taiwan-born immigrant, lawyer and U.S. military veteran, has been active on fiscal, transportation, consumer protection and environmental issues. He has also become known for sponsoring the nation’s first law prohibiting licensed mental-health professionals from giving sexual-orientation change therapy to children and teens. The therapy law is in court, but numerous states are considering similar restrictive measures.

More than 25 elected officials expressed early support for Mr. Lieu, including California Reps. Alan Lowenthal and Maxine Waters, both Democrats.



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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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