August 24, 2016 / 1:16 PM / 3 years ago

9th Circuit upholds California ban on sexual orientation therapy for minors

The state of California did not violate the religious rights of mental-health providers by banning them from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors, a U.S. appeals court held Tuesday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge by three licensed therapists, represented by the Pacific Justice Institute, who claimed a 2012 California law was an unconstitutional attempt to inhibit religion and that it was specifically directed at conservative religious groups.

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