A victory for LGBT kids in California​!

June 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the legal challenge to Senate Bill 1172, the 2012 California law that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children from unethical counselors and therapists engaging in dangerous practices to try to change their sexual orientation or gender expression.

The Supreme Court’s decision today means that this law—signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2012 and the first of its kind in the nation—can now be fully enforced, protecting LGBT children from the dangers of “conversion therapy.” Unethical therapists can no longer mislead families and children into thinking that they can change LGBT kids’ sexual orientation or gender expression.

These practices have been condemned by medical and mental health organizations across the country because they are known to lead to extreme depression and suicide. Now this life-saving law will permanently improve the health and well-being of California’s LGBT children.

Equality California is proud to have sponsored and defended this important law. We are grateful to Senator Ted Lieu for authoring it, to Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for his bold leadership in helping to get the law passed and to Governor Brown for signing it.

We are also grateful for the impressive support of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, as well as the excellent representation in court from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP.

We are also grateful for medical and mental health associations that supported the law and helped to educate the legislature about the serious dangers posed by scientifically baseless efforts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender expression.

This is a major step forward for California and our nation. We are proud to live in the first state to protect young people from these horrific practices and look forward to more states joining the effort.

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