Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay-conversion-therapy ban

Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay-conversion-therapy ban

High court turns down appeal of California’s prohibition on treatment aimed at turning youths under age 18 away from homosexuality

[Gorsuch’s addition to SCOTUS made no difference in a second appeal against the law – this time on the grounds of infringing religious liberty]


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact California’s ban on “gay conversion” therapy aimed at turning youths under age 18 away from homosexuality, rejecting a Christian minister’s challenge to the law asserting it violates religious rights.
The justices, turning away a challenge to the 2012 law for the second time in three years, let stand a lower court’s ruling that it was constitutional and neither impinged upon free exercise of religion nor impacted the activities of clergy members.
The law prohibits state-licensed mental health counselors, including psychologists and social workers, from offering therapy to change sexual orientation in minors. The Supreme Court in 2014 refused to review the law after an appeals court rejected claims that the ban infringed on free speech rights under U.S. Constitution’s the First Amendment.
Lead plaintiff Donald Welch, an ordained minister and licensed family therapist, oversees counseling at Skyline Wesleyan Church.
Welch, along with a Catholic psychiatrist and a man who underwent conversion therapy and now aspires to perform it on others, sued the state claiming the law is unconstitutional.

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4 comments on “Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay-conversion-therapy ban

  1. Let’s ban marriage counseling, too. How about exorcisms? But the daily horoscope in the paper? 1st Amendment!

  2. What about adult men “counseling” teenage boys? That’s OK, as long as it’s not a priest.

  3. Another example of liberal hypocrisy/double-standard: They regard physical sexual gender as “easily” changeable (the latest notorious example being Bruce to Caitlin Jenner), while psychological sexual dis-orientation (which I regard as a problem of the psyche – for both mind and soul) is unchangeable (or as they might say in their fairy-dust service mocking Ash Wednesday distribution of ashes: “Remember man that thou art gay, and that’s the way you’ll always stay”).

  4. A few extra tidbits from Supreme Court allows ban of ‘sexual orientation change’ therapy for kids; by Peter LaBarbera, May 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews):

    Similarly, the Supreme Court declined to hear two challenges to a New Jersey ban on pro-heterosexual therapy for minors, patterned after the California law.

    Interestingly, two Republican governors, New Jersey’s Chris Christie and New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, signed pro-heterosexual-therapy bans into law, signaling the breakdown in unity within the GOP over aspects of the LGBTQ agenda.

    Liberal activists and Democrats seek to nationalize a ban on ex-gay-change therapy for minors: Democrats introduce bill [in Congress] to ban LGBT ‘conversion’ therapy; by Steve Weatherbe, May 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews)

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