The government has some leeway to regulate professional conduct in delivery of psychotherapy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in a January 29 decision. The ruling denied an injunction to plaintiffs who sought to overturn a 2012 California statute that prohibits licensed therapists from practicing sexual orientation change therapy (SOCE), a method aimed at repressing same-sex sexual desire, on minor patients. The court found that the plaintiffs were unlikely to win their case (Pickup v. Brown).
The legislative prohibition was a reaction to changing views of sexuality in American society. Homosexuality has . . .
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