US: Supreme Court upholds California’s ‘gay cure’ therapy ban
The US Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal against California’s ban on therapy that aims to ‘cure’ homosexuality in under-18s.
The ban was announced by California’s Governor Jerry Brown in September 2012 and aimed to make California the first US state to prohibit psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors from using sexual-orientation change therapy on those younger than 18.
The “Liberty Counsel”, who launched the appeal, claimed that the law broke the United States constitution’s first amendment: the right to free speech and freedom of religion.
They also claimed that the law infringes on parents’ rights to “direct the upbringing” of their children.
The implementation of the law, which was originally supposed to start in January 2013, had been suspended pending the outcome of this appeal.
Following today’s ruling, the ban can finally come into effect.
Since California introduced the ban, a second state, New Jersey, has followed suit.