May 19, 2013
‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Banned in California
Posted on Oct 1, 2012
Same-sex marriage is still not legal in California, but the Golden State took a positive step for gay rights over the weekend when it became the first in the U.S. to ban a controversial form of therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of children and teens. By signing the legislation, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, said the state relegated ex-gay therapy “to the dustbin of quackery.”
In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown said: “This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide.” He added that the therapies “have no basis in science or medicine.”
The legislation comes just months after psychiatrist Robert Spitzer repudiated his own 2001 study in which he claimed that homosexuality could be cured.
“In retrospect, I have to admit I think the critiques are largely correct,” Spitzer told The American Prospect in April. “The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more.”
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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