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California’s Ex-Gay Therapy Restrictions Go To Gov. Brown

Jim Burroway

August 31st, 2012

As expected, the California Senate quickly approved the stripped down version of the proposed restrictions on ex-gay therapy for minors by licensed therapists that passed the House on Monday. The bill is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Brown has not indicated whether he will sign the bill or not.

The bill, known as S.B 1172, prohibits California’s licensed professionals from offering Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) to minors under the age of eighteen. Unlike earlier versions of the bill, the state of California will not enforce the ban. That task will fall to the professional organization responsible for licensing the mental health professional. And also unlike earlier versions of the bill, no penalties or sanctions are specified; they are left up to the licensing organization to determine. Unlicensed organizations and individuals — religious-based ex-gay ministries, pastors, unlicensed counselors and life coaches, etc. — are not subject to the ban on providing SOCE for minors.

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AlexH
August 31st, 2012 | LINK

If the state of CA won’t enforce the ban, and there are no penalties or sanctions listed, and unlicensed people are exempt, what is the point of this bill?

Mark F.
August 31st, 2012 | LINK

AlexH

CA Democrats can put this on their list of “achievements” for the LGBT Community, since there is almost literally nothing left for them to do.

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