Second ruling upholds gay conversion therapy ban

4:01 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the second time in two days, a federal judge in California has issued a decision on the state's first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors.  

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued a ruling Tuesday that will allow the ban on "conversion" therapy to take effect on Jan. 1.  

Her ruling came in a lawsuit filed by four counselors, two families, a professional organization for practitioners and a Christian therapists group seeking to overturn the law.  

On Monday night, Mueller's colleague, U.S. District Judge William Shubb, handed down a somewhat competing ruling.  

He granted a request by two mental health providers and a former patient to be immune from the law until their lawsuit seeking to overturn it on First Amendment grounds can be heard next year.

The Associated Press

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