Implementation Of California's Ex-Gay Therapy Ban Delayed As Liberty Counsel Appeals To SCOTUS
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals have issued a stay on their ruling, which upholds the ban on ex-gay "reparative" therapy for minors in California.
The stay has been instituted while the Liberty Counsel, the proponents of ex-gay therapy, to make their request for their case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
From Joe. My. God.:
California's SB 1172, which the 9th Circuit upheld in August, prohibits state-licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors from using sexual-orientation change therapy on patients younger than 18. After the full court refused to hold an en banc rehearing of the case, the challengers requested a stay of the mandate so that they can petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The appellate panel in turn granted a 90-day stay late Monday. "In the event that the petition for writ of certiorari is timely filed, the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court," according to the brief order. Counselors, psychiatrists and their patients filed two cases against Gov. Jerry Brown over the ban, which they challenge as a violation of their free speech rights.
The Liberty Counsel is suing on behalf of National Association of Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) spokesman and self-described "ex-gay" David Pickup.
The ban on reparative therapy will not be implemented until the Supreme Court determines whether it will hear the Liberty Counsel's case.
Do you think the Supreme Court will hear their case, Instincters?