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