Challenges To 'Gay Conversion' Bans Face Long Odds

Law360, New York (August 28, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Recent bans in New Jersey and California on psychiatric services aimed at changing a child’s sexual orientation will likely survive looming constitutional challenges, according to experts who likened so-called gay conversion therapy to medical or legal malpractice and said the prohibitions reflected well-established state powers to protect minors.

Citing free-speech rights and religious liberties, therapists in both states have filed suit to overturn the bans, and they won an early victory late last year when a California federal judge issued a preliminary injunction after finding First...
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