CALIFORNIA: Proposed Bill Outlaws "Ex-Gay" Therapy For Kids Under 18
California state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) has introduced a bill that would outlaw "ex-gay" or so-called reparative therapy for children under the age of 18. Around The Capitol sums up the proposed item:
This bill would prohibit psychotherapists, as defined, from performing sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, in the absence of informed consent of the patient. The bill would require a specified statement to be included on the informed consent form. Informed consent would not be effective for patients under 18 years of age. The bill would provide for a cause of action against psychotherapists by patients, former patients, or certain other persons in specified cases.Think Progress notes that the bill passed out of its Senate subcommittee yesterday.