SCOTUS Denies Challenge To California "Ex Gay Therapy" Ban
With all the SCOTUS focus on Hobby Lobby, it's easy to overlook the positivity that came from the highest bench in the nation today: the Court rejected challenges to California's ban on "ex gay therapy" for minors.
From the National Center for Lesbian Rights:
On August 29, 2013, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the law, ruling that the plaintiffs in two legal challenges could not succeed on their claim that the law infringes the free speech rights of therapists who wish to engage in these dangerous and long-discredited practices.
The full Ninth Circuit court declined to further review that decision, and the plaintiffs in the two lawsuits then asked the Supreme Court to review the cases. The Supreme Court denied those requests today, meaning that the Ninth Circuit panel’s decision upholding the law will be the final decision on the plaintiffs’ free-speech claims and the California law may be enforced.
California's ban on the proven dangerous "ex gay therapy" for minors can now be instituted! Congrats, California.