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Topic - William B. Shubb
A first-of-its-kind California law banning therapies to change children's sexual orientation has been blocked temporarily, but lawyers are preparing for a court battle that could come soon.
A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.
California, the land of the "tolerant," recently has become the land of censorship and oppression, thanks to its passage of SB 1172. Set to go into effect Jan. 1, this new law bans anyone under the age of 18 from receiving licensed counseling that in any way steers them away from same-sex attraction, including away from sexual acts.
Two California courts this week issued conflicting opinions on the state's new law aimed at protecting minors from so-called "sexual-change therapies" designed to counsel gay young people who want to be heterosexual.
U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb agreed and enjoined the law from being enforced -- but only on the three plaintiffs.
Donald Welch, Dr. Anthony Duk and former SOCE client Aaron Bitzer "are likely to succeed on the merits" of their claims, Judge Shubb wrote.