California has become the first state in the nation to ban any form of therapy designed to change a minor’s sexual orientation. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation prohibiting the so-called conversion therapy. In a statement, Brown said, “This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”Equality California, the largest statewide advocacy organization for the LGBT community, applauds Brown’s decision saying the therapy is dangerous. However, Brown’s action is widely opposed by some Republican lawmakers and conservative groups. The Pacific Justice Institute called the law, a “black mark,” on the State of California. The Institute says it plans to file a lawsuit. KEY News reporter Alys Martinez talked to both sides and has the story.
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