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“Since the founding of this country, it has been understood that government has a duty to protect children from abuse,” he said, adding that his bill was thoroughly reviewed for constitutional issues before it was enacted.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California (EQCA), which both backed the Lieu law, called the lawsuits “meritless” and “grasping at straws.”

The new law “fits squarely” within laws designed to protect minors from harmful practices by licensed professionals, said David Codell, board member of EQCA and pro bono counsel.

“Every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these [SOCE] practices are ineffective and dangerous,” said Kate Kendell, executive director of NCLR, which has pledged to help pass similar laws in other states.

“We will not rest until this ‘quackery,’ as Gov. Brown has called this practice, is illegal throughout our nation,” she said.