California: “Ex-gay” therapy ban will now move forward

A law barring so-called conversion therapy for people younger than 18 will still go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, across California after a federal judge denied a request to postpone the law’s official start date.

Judge Kimberly Mueller’s ruling follows Monday’s decision by Judge William B. Schubb, both of whom are from the U.S. district court for the Eastern District of California. Schubb’s decision exempted three therapists from adhering to the law, while Mueller’s decision ensures that the law goes into effect starting January 1, 2013 for all other practitioners.

The attempted injunction was raised by the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, represented by the antigay legal group, the Liberty Counsel.

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