California Bans "Ex-Gay" Therapy For Youth


Every step like this just makes me happy.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Saturday making his state the first in the nation to ban mental health providers from attempting "sexual orientation change efforts" with children and teenagers, The San Francisco Chronicle reported overnight.

The governor had been lobbied heavily on the effort to ban so-called "reparative" therapy, also known as "ex-gay" treatment, from in-state groups and national D.C.-based groups like the Human Rights Campaign. Brown, though, had been quiet about what action he planned to take on the legislation. He had until the end of tonight to decide whether to sign or veto the legislation or to let it go into effect without his signature.

At the end of the day on Saturday in California, however, he provided the Chronicle with a statement:

"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery."