Bill would ban therapy to ‘convert’ gay youths

Marisa Lagos, SFGate, May 9, 2012

California could become the first state in the nation to ban therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youths straight, after legislators in a key policy committee approved the proposed law Tuesday and sent it to the Senate floor.

SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), would make it illegal for therapists and psychologists to provide so-called sexual orientation change therapy – also known as conversion or reorientation therapy – to minors and require them to obtain written consent from adults who wish to undergo the counseling.

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