Judge Blocks Gay Therapy Ban

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28:  California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses pension reform during a news conference on August 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Brown unveiled what he called "sweeping" pension reforms that cap benefits, boost the retirement age, prevent abusive practices such as "spiking" and require new state employees to pay at least half their pension costs.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    For California legislation, it's one step forward, two steps back. U.S. District Judge William Shubb ruled Monday that California cannot enforce a new ban on “gay conversion” therapy, which aims to convert the sexual orientation of minors. The new law, SB 1172, could inhibit the First Amendment rights of therapists who oppose homosexuality, according to Shubb. The ban on conversion therapy was one of the signature laws passed in the previous legislative session, with Brown claiming the practice belongs in the “dustbin of quackery.” The law was set to take effect in January.

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