(SAN FRANCISCO) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a controversial law banning gay to straight conversion therapy for minors is legal in California.
Opponents of the law banning therapy to help transform minors from gay to straight claim the law violates the free speech rights of counselors and patients seeking treatment.
But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling saying the law does not violate free speech rights and it can go into effect in California.
The therapy has been called dangerous; some patients have even committed suicide.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a similar bill into law last week.
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