Dec 23, 2012
The federal appeals court has issued an emergency order stopping the gay therapy law until the court can hear full arguments on the constitutionality of the ban on reparative therapy, SB 1172, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, usually criticized for being too liberal, wants to determine whether the state legislation violates the First Amendment rights of therapists and parents.
Christians and conservative groups are applauding the federal court's action, while gays and lesbians are pissed off. Not exactly breaking news there.
Governor Brown enthusiastically signed SB1172, calling reparative therapies "quackery," while gays threw parties in celebration of what they saw as a victory for their "side."
The revelry has now stopped as gays have apparently lost traction on a proposed ban which they thought was totally in the bag.
Fortunes change quickly in California, so nobody knows where the gay-to-straight therapy issue will end up.