In 2012, SB 1172 was pushed through the California Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill imposed restrictions on mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and others, barring them from counseling minor clients in ways that would help alter or diminish same-sex attraction or gender identity dysphoria. Pacific Justice Institute led the opposition to SB 1172 in the Legislature and filed suit immediately when Gov. Brown signed it. PJI represents a psychiatrist, a licensed therapist who also oversees a church counseling ministry, and an individual who deals with same-sex attraction and has benefited from the therapy now being banned.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, stated, “We will continue the fight to protect the freedom of counselors and young people seeking help with their same-sex attractions. Throughout this process, we have been astounded by the lengths to which LGBT activists and the State of California have gone to distort science, free speech principles and common sense. The implications of this case reach far beyond this issue, and we are optimistic that the Supreme Court will rectify the Ninth Circuit’s latest attempt to defy its precedents.”
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