Hoping to halt conversion therapy ban

Friday, November 2, 2012
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

A California attorney says his legal group is excited to defend parents, churches and young people and their right to give and have access to counseling for homosexuality.

The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has filed legal briefs asking a federal court to keep the ban on so-called "change therapy" or "reparative therapy" from taking effect January 1. The motion, filed in the Sacramento court, underlines constitutional problems with SB 1172 and asks for a preliminary injunction that would place the law on hold. The measure was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown (D) in September.

McReynolds, Matthew (PJI)"The reason that the Pacific Justice Institute filed suit the day after the law was signed, and the reason we've been fighting this for the last several months in the legislative process is that SB 1172 goes further than just about any other law we've seen in California on this issue to restrict professionals, and even to restrict churches and counselors that they have on staff," explains PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds.

He adds that his firm looks forward to defending parents, churches, and sexually-molested or confused minors who would no longer be able to receive the counseling they need when the law takes effect.

Oral arguments are scheduled for December 3 before Senior U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.

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