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Legal News
21 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] signed the Youth Mental Health Protection Act [materials] into law on Thursday prohibiting [AP report] licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 years of age. State Senator Daniel Biss [official website], one of the sponsors of the … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday granted [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to put on hold a ruling upholding a California law that bans licensed therapists from working to change the sexual orientation of a minor. The order contained no reasoning, … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta [official profile] on Monday signed a memorandum [text, press release] extending government benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel that were previously available only to spouses. Some of the benefits now extended to same-sex partners include access to commissaries, family counseling, child care, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a California State Senator celebrates his state's ban on reparative therapy, and decries a court's injunction to halt implementation of the measure...Consider a medical treatment for minors that caused children to experience depression, guilt, self-hatred and, in severe cases, commit suicide. It would be … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the first state in the US to ban professional psychological conversion … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Saturday signed into law [press release] a bill [SB 1172; Senate backgrounder, PDF] that bans therapy intended to change the sexual orientation of minors. California is the first state to pass a law banning this type of therapy. The bill was supported … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of the Saint Louis University School of Law says that the US Supreme Court's decisions in reproductive rights cases may complicate efforts to bring constitutional challenges against California's recent legislation banning the use of sexual orientation therapy on minors...JURIST recently reported on a law passed … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The California State Assembly voted 51-21 on Tuesday to ban reparative therapy intended to change sexual orientation in minors. The bill [SB 1172, PDF], authored by state Senator Ted Lieu, seeks to provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from allegedly deceptive, harmful therapies, while also … [read more]

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