"Our Constitution was established to protect the people from renegade lawmakers," said Brad Dacus, President of PJI. "This law is a prime example of legislators who care more about politically correct speech than free speech, and more about perks from special interest groups than the rights of children."
PJI won a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court against SB 1172. On appeal, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit reversed the injunction. Later, a larger panel of the Ninth Circuit declined to re-hear the case but with dissent from Judge O’Scannlain, joined by Judges Bea and Ikuta, that urged the view that SB 1172 should be examined under free speech principles. Due to the litigation, for more than a year the law has not gone into effect.
PJI led the opposition to SB 1172 in the Legislature before filing suit against 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.
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