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Calif. Senate passes 'ex-gay' measure
2012-06-06


The California state Senate approved a bill designed to limit the ability of mental-health providers throughout the state to engage in so-called "ex-gay therapy," also called "conversion therapy" or "reparative therapy, according to an Equality California (EQCA) press release.

If the Assembly approves the measure and Gov. Jerry Brown signs it, California would be the first state to ban licensed mental-health professionals from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors.

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, authored the bill; EQCA, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Mental Health America of Northern California, Gaylesta and Lambda Legal co-sponsored it.

"Being lesbian or gay or bisexual is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder," Lieu said. "The medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition."

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