The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a preliminary decision in two cases challenging the ban on the use of gay reversion therapy (the law refers to this as Sexual Orientation Change Efforts or SOCE). This only involves whether a preliminary injunction should be ordered preventing the law from being enforced while the full case is pending, but the court’s reasoning clearly points to the outcome of the case:
Senate Bill 1172 regulates conduct. It bans a form of medical treatment for minors; it does nothing to prevent licensed therapists from discussing the pros and cons of SOCE with their patients. Senate Bill 1172 merely prohibits licensed mental health providers from engaging in SOCE with minors. [...]
We further conclude that the First Amendment does not prevent a state from regulating treatment even when that treatment is performed through speech alone. [...]
Because SB 1172 regulates only treatment, while leaving mental health providers free to discuss and recommend, or recommend against, SOCE, we conclude that any effect it may have on free speech interests is merely incidental.
The two cases challenging the law will now go back to the district court for a full trial and this decision will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court in the meantime. What happens there will certainly be very interesting. You can read the full ruling here.
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