'Young Victims Plagued With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction' Should Be Allowed Therapy To Turn Them Straight, Lawsuit Argues

"We are filing suit to defend families, children, and religious freedom. This unprecedented bill is outrageously unconstitutional.”

A non-profit legal organization “dedicated to defending religious, parental, and other constitutional rights” has filed a lawsuit to overturn a California law that prohibits therapies aimed at turning gay and lesbian teens into heterosexuals.

The Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute challenged the law -- SB 1172 -- signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The lawsuit was filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

“Of all the freedom-killing bills we have seen in our legislature the last several years, this is among the worst,” said Brad Dacus president of Pacific Justice Institute. “This outrageous bill makes no exceptions for young victims of sexual abuse who are plagued with unwanted same-sex attraction, nor does it respect the consciences of mental health professionals who work in a church. We are filing suit to defend families, children, and religious freedom. This unprecedented bill is outrageously unconstitutional.”

The law is considered a first-of-its-kind. According to The Associated Press, “the Institute filed the suit on behalf of a psychiatrist and a marriage and family therapist who is also a church pastor in San Diego. It also names as a plaintiff Aaron Bitzer, a Culver City man who says he has benefited from the ‘reparative’ therapy.”

The lawsuit claims the law, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, violates First Amendment and equal protection rights. The suit seeks an injunction to prevent implementation of the law.

Pacific Justice Institute has led the fight against SB 1172 since its introduction in the spring by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). The Institute claims its attorneys attended all of the bill’s policy committee hearings and warned legislators that the bill was “an unconstitutional restriction on the First Amendment, privacy, and parental rights.”

The text of the law, however, includes language that states, "Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years."

jill smith October 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Quincy, andy is thay you. Calm down, you just need a good spanking.
Teller of Truth October 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM
@Quincy, you didn't do a very good job then.
Teller of Truth October 03, 2012 at 02:09 AM
James Bond movie right? LOL!
jill smith October 03, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Love God everything God says will happen, happens, so far Gods record is perfect, and always will be. That is a reason to be happy, even on a bad day.
Adrian October 03, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Quincy, you are becoming the punching bag on here, so let me stand in your corner with you. I am a firm believer that only bad news can come of the influence of religion in social and political spheres. The church should not be allowed to sway policy that would support the subjugation of a certain class of people. Too often, young folks are brow beaten into the holy mold of their parents' desires, which are based on the ridiculous belief in poorly compiled fables. Bravo, Gov. Brown, for sheltering these kids from their parents' Abraham complex. Shame on these parents for offering up their kids to "god".
tom October 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Jesus did not only exist in the Bible,he appears in Roman and Egyptian history.His existence is well documented . Even by emperor constantine.
tom October 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Jesus did not only exist in the Bible,he appears in Roman and Egyptian history.His existence is well documented . Even by emperor constantine.
Zia Bossenmeyer October 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Why don't people understand that people are born that way, and therapy won't "cure" them of anything?! Ridiculous!
Temecula mom October 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Whether you like the ban on the therapy or not, or are Christian, or not, or hate gays, or not, this is a fact, in my opinion: If you are gay, you are gay. Therapy won't make you "straight," any more than a shrink or therapy can make a straight person gay! DUH. Gays will tell you they did not CHOOSE to be gay. They just are (for the record I'm a married, straight woman). Listen, people. Who on this planet would choose to be gay with the hatred gays face all over, and in other nations it's even much worse than in the USA. People are born with a certain sexual orientation, gay or straight. Most are straight. Stats and polls say about 10 percent of any population is gay, whether they are "out" or not. So therapy to change someone's sexual orientation is a joke, waste of time and wishful thinking. A ban on it may or may not be needed (personally I'm not big on bans and more laws and think if you don't like a certain therapist you can just go to another.) But get therapy to become straight? Pointless and yes, insulting to gays. People need to get over their anti gay beliefs and just accept that some- many- people are gay. Whatever. Move on with YOUR life and let them live theirs.
Temecula mom October 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Zia- YES! exactly.
D A October 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Quency When you said "Parents and their genes are 100% responsible for a child's sexual orientation. For those same parents to force their children to 'pray away the gay' with 'mental health professionals' in a church is abuse and should be a crime. If a child is sexually abused and struggling with their sexuality because of it, then let real mental health professionals handle their treatment" Do you really believe that? The are other issues within what I'm about to say But no one stood up for this KID!! I found this out from the boys step DAD. One of our Good liberal neighbors took it upon himself to show this 13 year old his preferred way of life of being Gay. He lead him into drugs. The Child could not deal with what he became When He was 17 and A run away he called his mother crying and told her He was Gay. A week alter he committed suicide. People like you that believe you can throw 100% of the blame in one direction Make Me Sick. Just because some one believes in God does not mean they Are not a real mental health professional.
JD October 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
My (very honest) question is always this: Why, when every other sexual disfunction is attributed to the parents/adult behavior with the child, do people claim you can be born gay? Promiscuous girl? Daddy issues. Promiscuous male? Mommy issues. Pedophilia? Molested as a child. You name it, there's some kind of explanation from when the person was growing up. I realize this is a bit of an oversimplification but most of the gay men I have known through jobs as well as being involved with the theater in high school, have admitted to me (because I've usually made it a point to ask) that their father wasn't around either physically or emotionally. Two people I knew from high school recently came out and their fathers weren't around when I was in school with them. So, in all seriousness, what makes homosexuality different? For the record, I am a Christian and I don't know that you can "pray the gay away." I believe homosexuals (should they be believers) have the added (and unfortunate) burden of denying their sexual urges. Just like any heterosexual male before they are married. It may not be fair but God rewards those who are faithful in unfair circumstances.
Teller of Truth October 03, 2012 at 06:58 PM
@JD, You bring up a very good point and I hope that someone who knows about this subject can come back on and enlighten all of us. Thinking back, all the gay people that I knew in high school had very demonstrative or over bearing mothers with no father figure in the picture at all. You might be on to something there. I wonder if any studies have ever been done on this theory?
Constant Comment October 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
JD, since you opened up this (taboo) can of worms, so to speak......I was also wondering why some of the gays I've noticed, come from families where they are the only one? So does it skip parents/ generations? Does these gene arbitrarily pick siblings? I knew a family with 6 girls & 3 boys. Only the youngest boy was gay. I think there might be something to the theory of being picked on or bashed by the older females as the other two boys weren't & they weren't gay....? (Case in point; look at the Kardashians and what all those women did to Bruce & that one brother.) Can anyone that knows about this subject, care to respectfully come on and answer our questions? (Only serious discussions.... so no marfalyns or Popeyes please.) Thank you! }~)
Pkmd October 03, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Quincy, I wish that gays would stop bashing Christians like we are to blame for everyone elses problems in the world. I mean, the homosexuality communities have attacked just about every organization be it religious or business that they can. They have called people names, try to shut down corporations and I had one even tell me that I need to "come out" that I have been brain washed for the last 50+ years of my life. You state in your own words " If you're against gay marriage or think that being gay is a sin, you're an idiot and bigot. There is no god - grow up and mind your own business". So I guess I am asking to you is. Why is it ok for you to call Christians bigots and idiots? How do you know if there is or isn't a God? Why is it that if a person speaks out publicly of their beliefs that doesn't follow the homosexuals guidelines, then the name calling begins? The gays wanted marriage, don't ask don't tell and all the other headliners that have filled the news for the past several years. Well, I guess my point is, Christians and heterosexuals have the sames rights as you.... we can voice our opinions just like you. Sadly, your words above show one thing.... your a raciest and bigot. It's time that everyones learns that you can't have your cake and eat it too. Maybe it's time you grew up and minded your own business as well. This group is not doing anything personally to you, they protecting what they feel is right and that is.... their RIGHT!
Pkmd October 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Well, another bill by idiot Brown..... look at all of the damage he has done to our kids! He has taken away the freedom allowing parents to be parents, while spending millions on stupid bills that could have gone to education. California is ranked #47 on state funding per student... #47 that is out of 50!! I really think Sacramento is beyond screwed up!! The best thing to do for this state is get Brown and all his demons (democratics) out of office. Sadly, it is only going to get worse!!
Quincy October 03, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Yes - I believe people are born gay and it's their genes that are responsible for sexual orientation. I believe this because of the scientific evidence that supports it. The rest of your message is so poorly written, it's hard to follow. A kid killed himself because he was gay and was ashamed.
Italo Domani October 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
UNFAIR CIRCUMSTANCES??? JD, Does that "loving, caring, all knowing, rewarding god" reward the children I see in Rady Children's Hospital every month that are dying of the cancer he gave them? Does that same" loving god" reward the 10 year old boy that he allowed to be violently raped by a trusting neighbor? Does that same" loving god" reward the same 10 year old boy with a life-time sentence of nightmares, anxiety, depression and anger that can't function in society as an adult? Spare us all that religious b.s. We've seen what brain washing can do to people. It's sick and pathetic.
jill smith October 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Italo God does not intervene, that's why horrible things happen to people..God gives us free will. There is Good and Evil we choose which one we want, but evil in the world may still ruin our life or end it. God gives us free will, God does not create evil man and the devil do. God does not start wars man does. Stop blaming God for everything. Those who are evil I believe will be judged by God, how I don't know and it really is the least of my worries, because I trust God. I don't believe God would leave us without a guide for our life the bible, and yes I believe if you seek God you will be on the right path not because he intervenes but because his word is helpful and good.
Italo Domani October 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
jill, that sounds like robotic rhetoric. I thought god was supposed to be all knowing and always in control of everything? At least that's what the nuns and priests pounded into my head every day at Catholic school. As an educated man, the "bible" means nothing to me. As stated in many previous posts, the bible was written by a bunch of old men. It is the biggest work of fairy tales and other fiction ever written. Same goes for the Torah, Quran, etc. PEOPLE LIKE YOU WANT TO CRITICIZE ME FOR NOT BELIEVING THAT A WOMAN, ALLEGEDLY NAMED EVE, HAD A CONVERSATION WITH A SNAKE IN THE "GARDEN OF EDEN"? DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THAT WHOLE "NOAH'S ARK" THING!!! Why can't people understand that religion has been fueling the majority of wars and other evil deeds throughout world history? Everyone continues to become angry because someone thinks their religion is superior than others. Instant conflict. When "god" shows his/her/it's face to me, I'll stop "blaming god" for everything.
jill smith October 04, 2012 at 03:02 AM
The bible means nothing to you, it's no wonder you're so frustrated. The Nuns and Priests are people not God, many are evil, this is not gods fault. Wars are caused by man not God. God is all knowing but we have free will, man has to make a choice, between good or evil. I agree to disagree.. I thought I might mention I never criticized you, you have a right to believe what you believe and criticism is just not helpful in any way. You sound as though you totally reject God so one thing you can count on God will not show his face to you, he will leave you alone and wait.
Stanley October 04, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Maybe, but it doesn't prove he was a god, born of a virgin human woman and an invisible super being. Amazing how gullible people are even after two thousand years.
D A October 04, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Yes You got the message Quincy but it was not just that the kid committed suicide because he was Gay but he was molested by gay person where that person ideals were forced upon him and where he did not get the the help he needed to cope with the situation. which is what this article was realy about getting people help that need it. I won't disagree that some people may or may not be genically prone to being gay but there are cases where it just don't happen that way.
Stanley October 04, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Please stop with all the god crap, sure gets tiresome hearing about the invisible supernatural mumbo jumbo. According to UNICEF, 19,000 children die each day around the world living in wretched conditions, starvation and preventable diseases. Now, if there was a god, this god is one mean sicko to allow so much suffering to innocent children. But in your child-like and selfish view of life, it doesn't matter because you don't have to see it and you're well-fed, clothed, and have a roof over your head.
BLUESGUITAR777 October 04, 2012 at 05:27 AM
We hold just as much right to voice our beliefs as you do. That's the whole problem with you liberals... You're only for free speech so long as it benefits you or you agree with. When someone else with a different view tries expressing their free speech suddenly we're bigots and idiots and racists (according to Popeye who believes every white person on the planet is a racist, but that's a whole 'nother story).
jill smith October 04, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Stanley sponsor a child instead of spewing hate, you're a hypocrite full of hate. like I said choose good or evil. As mad as it makes you blaming God for everything is the selfish childish thing to do. If everyone sponsored one child and did what god wanted the world could be fed. It's funny because without meaning too you helped me make my point, selfish people that think like you just want to blame God and do nothing. that's why the world is starving. dughh
jill smith October 04, 2012 at 07:50 AM
I would agree with your statement if you were not so hell bent on blaming god. Our country could stop some preventable diseases for penny's on the dollar like diarrhea for starters it kills millions. stanley you are well fed, and have a roof over your head, now give something back besides hate hate and more hate. I think you might feel better if you do.
D A October 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Italo .. Most people cannot usualy see the face of God because they are to wrapped up in the world and the Evil that man does. Usually before non believers can see the face of God they are so beat down and out that there is no worldly things left they can grasp, cling or rely on to pull them through. When God shows his face to you you will realize the only hope you have is to have faith in a god you can't see. The Bad thing on earth that people blame on GOD are not God but people cause it because God wants you to have the freedom to choose the difference between right and wrong he called it free will. I believe religions were created so that different people from different backgrands can find GOD. Is one better or worse than the other does not matter because it is mans misinterpitation of the Bible that has caused the wars. No man is better or worse than another. No matter who we are or try to be we will always have faults. All we can do is learn today and be better tomorrow.
Italo Domani October 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Jill, If you and the other religious freaks on here claim to have LITERALLY "seen the face of god", I would like to strongly suggest you see a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Perhaps he or she can prescribe a medication called Risperidone. It can help with the voices in your head when you think "god is talking to you" as well. Good luck.
jill smith October 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Italo, I know Obama is losing, why take it out on me go join a call center or hand out flyers to support obama geez, maybe you need a haldol and respiradol because my voice must be in your head, I have not even addressed you today.


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