NBCNEWS.COM - California has become the first state in the nation to ban therapy that tries to turn gay teens straight.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits children under age 18 from undergoing "sexual orientation change efforts." The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors.
Brown today reaffirmed what medical and mental health organizations
have made clear: Efforts to change minors' sexual orientation are not
therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have inflicted
untold harm on young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Californians," Clarissa Filgioun, board president of Equality California, said in a press release. click here to read more