California bans ‘gay repair’ therapy


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The Independent Online

Californian parents concerned about their child's sexuality will no longer be able to put them through controversial "gay-repair" therapy after the state became the first to outlaw any practices aiming to influence the sexual orientation of minors. The San Francisco Gate reports.

The state's governor, Jerry Brown, had been under pressure from national lobbying organisation to sign the bill. "The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization, sent Brown a petition with nearly 50,000 signatures urging him to approve the measure."

The president of the Human Rights Campaign had this to say after Brown signed the bill: "LGBT youth will now be protected from a practice that has not only been debunked as junk science, but has been proven to have drastically negative effects on their well-being. We commend Gov. Brown for putting children first, and call on all states to take California's lead on this issue."