Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-07-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Federal Court OKs California law protecting youth from "change" treatments
From a National Center for Lesbian Rights news release
2012-12-04

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


(San Francisco, CA, December 4, 2012)—Today, Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a request by an anti-LGBT group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of the state's new law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from psychological abuse at the hands of state-licensed therapists who use dangerous practices to try to change their clients' sexual orientation or gender expression. The ruling means that the law will go into effect as scheduled.

The court also granted a motion by Equality California to intervene in the lawsuit in order to defend the law alongside California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who represents the State of California defendants. Equality California was the lead sponsor of the law and is the state's leading political advocacy group representing LGBT people and their families.

The Court's decision was prompted by a lawsuit filed by the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality that challenges the new law protecting LGBT youth from practices—including the use of shame and aversion therapy—that are known to lead to depression and suicide attempts. The group is represented by Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT legal group. In rejecting the groups' request to temporarily prevent the statute from going into effect on January 1, Judge Mueller concluded that the California law "prohibits a therapeutic practice deemed unproven and potentially harmful to minors by ten professional associations of mental health experts."

Judge Mueller's decision follows another decision yesterday by Judge William B. Shubb, also of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in another case brought by a different set of plaintiffs who are also challenging the California law. Judge Shubb issued an order temporarily exempting three plaintiffs in that case from being subjected to enforcement of the law while the case proceeds in his court. Judge Shubb's order applies only to the three plaintiffs in the case before him and does not prevent the state from enforcing the law against other licensed mental health professionals. Judge Mueller's decision today clears the way for the law to go into effect on January 1, 2013.

Senate Bill 1172 was authored by Senator Ted Lieu and sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gaylesta, Courage Campaign, Lambda Legal, and Mental Health America of Northern California, and supported by dozens of organizations including the California Psychological Association, the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the California Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on September 29, 2012.

Equality California is represented in the case by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP. Michelle Friedland and David Dinielli of Munger argued the motions on behalf of Equality California.

"This law will put a stop to one of the most dangerous and discredited forms of discrimination against LGBT youth," said Equality California Executive Director John O'Connor. "We are extremely pleased that the court's decision will allow the law to go into effect on January 1, 2013 as planned, and young people in this state will no longer have to fear that they can be subjected to these dangerous practices by licensed therapists. Every day that licensed therapists are permitted to engage in these dangerous and discredited practices is another day that our youth are placed at risk of depression, substance abuse, and attempted suicide. The state has a duty to protect minors from conduct by licensed health care professionals that is both harmful and offers no benefit to health. We commend Senator Ted Lieu, the bill's author, the California Legislature, and Governor Brown for taking decisive action to protect California's young people and their families."

Said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.: "Today's decision acknowledges that the anti-LGBT groups who have filed this case have no viable legal grounds for their attempt to block these desperately-needed protections for California youth. Every leading mental health organization has concluded that these practices, which claim to be able to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender expression, have no basis in science and expose young people to a serious risk of physical and emotional harm. We are confident the courts will continue to uphold this life-saving law, which simply requires licensed mental health practitioners to follow professional standards and to refrain from using practices that have no basis in science or medicine."

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. www.NCLRights.org .

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 85 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.EQCA.org .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

New amfAR report lists state priorities for national HIV/AIDS goals 2015-08-02
LGBT and other groups back Planned Parenthood 2015-08-02
Rauner appoints lesbian Oak Park trustee to mental health post 2015-07-31
Lambda Legal Midwest Region welcomes Garner Fellow Aisha Davis 2015-07-31
Six stabbed in repeat attack at Jerusalem Pride 2015-07-31
Chicago groups chip in as ADA marks 25 years 2015-07-29
ACLU to Gov's Commission: Move from "tough on crime" to smart on crime 2015-07-29
Entertainment: Nick Jonas; Caitlyn Jenner; Lucy Lawless; RuPaul 2015-07-28
Illinois justice talks marriage 'moment' 2015-07-28
ABA conference July 30-Aug. 4 2015-07-28
Competing trans legal events set to take place in Chicago 2015-07-28
9.5M LGBT adults would be protected under proposed bill 2015-07-28
Lawmakers introduce Equality Act 2015-07-27
Former lawmaker dies in accident 2015-07-27
Obama makes pro-gay remarks in Kenya 2015-07-26
CDC awards $3.8 mill to local agencies for 5 year HIV prevention partnership 2015-07-24
Federal Nondiscrimination Bill introduced in Congress 2015-07-23
India Clarke, a black transgender woman, killed in Tampa 2015-07-22
3000+ clergy say First Amendment Defense Act means tax-funded discrimination 2015-07-22
Relationships & the Law Today: Immigration rights in era of marriage equality 2015-07-22
UIC's Hughes named a University Scholar 2015-07-22
HRC releases discrimination map 2015-07-22
Disability pride parade attracts hundreds 2015-07-21
Upcoming: Book Fair; Cannabis conference; marriage law seminar 2015-07-21
European court rules same-aex partnership a right 2015-07-21
Local feminist group marches against rape, gender violence 2015-07-17
EEOC rules: Federal law bans discrimination against GL federal workers 2015-07-17
Upcoming: Red Stars' Pride; Sports hall of fame; 'CLLAW XXII' 2015-07-16
News briefs: Bisexual health; glbtq.com folds; Same-sex couples get benefits 2015-07-15
National: Gay Catholic move; Jimmy Carter; trans health app 2015-07-14
Class action suit comes after Walmart denies health coverage to same-sex spouses 2015-07-14
American Bar Association to discuss police misconduct, drones, marijuana 2015-07-14
HIV doctors, lawyers, community call for reform of Missouri HIV law 2015-07-13
Analysis out on 100+ research reports, surveys on LGBTQ community 2015-07-13
Seventh meningococcal case announced by CDPH 2015-07-09
Man arrested for hate motivated violence resulting in death 2015-07-08
White House protesters; Gay firm has new attorney; Locals in top 40 2015-07-08
World news: Ambassador talks marriage; flag flap; lesbian swimmer attacked 2015-07-07
Open Door Clinic celebrates new Elgin facility 2015-07-07
Katz named to State Bar Assn Sexual Orientation, Gender ID Committee 2015-07-01
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.