Attorneys vow legal fight over 'conversion therapy' law after injunction gets reversed

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A legal group vows to take California's ban on gay conversion therapy to the nation's highest court. 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to further review a decision upholding a ban on SB1172, a law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that prohibits conversion therapy for minors.

SB 1172 bans so-called gay-to-straight therapy for minors in the state who are struggling with same-sex attractions.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)The decision by the federal appeals court paves the way for the case to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The government has no business invading the personal counseling rooms of American in order silence counselors from doing what they feel is their professional duty as proper and best for their patients," says Brad Dacus,  president of the Pacific Justice Institute.

PJI won a preliminary injunction that stopped the law from taking effect in the state for over a year. But the 9th Circuit reversed the injunction and said the law should not be analyzed because it falls under a professional regulation.

A larger panel of the Ninth Circuit refused to consider the case.

PJI notes that it now plans to file a petition with the nation's highest court. 

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