Conservatives in California have scored a court victory in
efforts to stop a controversial law set to take effect January
1st, banning efforts by counselors to convince youth
struggling with homosexuality that they can turn away from their
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction
Friday December 21, pending the appeal of California's same-sex
attraction counseling ban. The Ninth Circuit, at the request of Liberty Counsel,
blocked SB 1172 from going into effect January 1, 2013.
Founder and chairman Mat Staver explains why his
firm challenged the law that forbids counselors from offering
"gay"-to-straight therapy to minors in California (see earlier story).
"The minors we represent have not and do not want to act on
their same-sex attractions. They are greatly benefiting from this
counseling," Staver asserts. "But the state of California will
essentially barge into the room of each counseling session to tell
the counselor they may present only one view, and clients … may
receive only one viewpoint on same-sex attractions. This is
outrageous and offensive. This is clearly a violation of the First
Amendment because it only allows one viewpoint to be permitted.
That's a clear violation of the First Amendment," the attorney
Liberty Counsel is fighting SB 1172 on behalf of parents,
children, licensed counselors, and several groups that this
law stands to affect.