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Boards may enforce ban on sexual conversion therapy, federal court rules

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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