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California Senate Passes Bill Limiting ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

CA flagPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

California is poised to become the first state in the nation to take action against the roundly repudiated practice of reparative therapy. A bill which would crack down on the archaic practice passed the California State Senate this afternoon. The bill next needs to pass the State Legislature before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

The bill, SB 1172, passed by a 23-13 vote, and sends a clear message that reparative therapy is a misguided endeavor that can have serious side effects. Perhaps most importantly, the bill prevents anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing reparative therapy under any circumstances.

Virtually every major medical and mental health organization has condemned reparative therapy, including the Americans Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.

Learn more about the harmful effects of reparative therapy.

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