November 19, 2012
Liberty Counsel’s Court Filings Reveal Flaws in California’s Ban on Change Therapy
Liberty Counsel filed its reply legal arguments and rebuttal declarations in federal court in its challenge to SB 1172, a new law that bans any counseling to diminish or eliminate same-sex sexual attractions.
Under this law, a young boy sexually molested by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky who develops an identity crisis, emotional stress, and who begins to experience unwanted same-sex attractions, will be further hurt by a law that deprives him and his family the option of receiving counsel that aligns with his religious and moral beliefs.
Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against SB 1172 on October 4, 2012. Representing the state defendants, the California Attorney General filed its opposition to the suit and added declarations from two purported experts seeking to justify the law. Liberty Counsel filed its reply legal arguments and thoroughly rebutted the two declarations filed by the defendants.
The state has no right to force counselors to provide and clients to receive only one viewpoint on same-sex attractions. Liberty Counsel represents several parents and their children who are currently receiving and benefiting from such counseling.
A hearing on the preliminary injunction is scheduled in Sacramento federal court on November 30, 2012. This law becomes effective on January 1, 2013.
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