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Ninth Circuit Court To Liberty Counsel: Didn't We JUST Tell You To Fuck Off?

Back in August a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Liberty Counsel's demand that the court overturn their loss before a federal district court in their incessant campaign to repeal California's ban on the "ex-gay" torture of LGBT youth. Unswayed by those two losses, the following month the Liberty Counsel filed an en banc demand that the full 29-judge Ninth Circuit reconsider the earlier panel's ruling. Today the Ninth Circuit Court told the Liberty Counsel, "Didn't we just tell you to fuck off?

Via press release from the National Center for Lesbian Rights:
Today, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit let stand an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the same court upholding Senate Bill 1172, a California statute enacted in 2012 that protects minors from dangerous and ineffective mental health treatments that falsely claim to be able to change a young person’s sexual orientation. The California Legislature enacted the law to prevent state-licensed mental health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of minor patients. The Legislature based the law on the unanimous consensus of the nation’s leading medical and mental health associations that such purported treatments have no scientific basis and put children at risk of serious harms, including depression and suicide. In the lawsuit that the Ninth Circuit ruled in today, the statute was challenged by therapists who wish to engage in these practices on minor patients and who argued that the law violated their right to freedom of speech. In August 2013, a panel of the Ninth Circuit held that California’s law was a permissible regulation of medical treatment to protect public health and safety and did not violate the free speech rights of therapists. The Ninth Circuit’s ruling today allows that decision to stand, thereby ensuring that California’s law will remain in effect.
California's law was defended by state Attorney General Kamala Harris and the NCLR, who represented Equality California.

RELATED: Those three servings of fuck off in California come with a side dish of the New Jersey finger as in November the Liberty Counsel also lost a similar bid to overturn that state's "ex-gay" torture bill. But in an attempt to stretch their losing streak even further, earlier this month the Liberty Counsel appealed that loss to the Third Circuit Court. Next stop, SCOTUS?

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