Justices Won't Hear Row Over Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

Law360, New York (May 1, 2017, 1:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it wouldn’t hear an ordained minister and licensed therapist's argument that a California law banning gay conversion therapy for minors is illegal, upholding a Ninth Circuit decision in favor of the state.

Marriage and family therapist Donald Welch, along with two other counselors, had told the justices that counseling should be speech protected by the First Amendment. He also argued that by allowing therapists to encourage patients to explore their sexual identities but not change them, the state has favored one viewpoint while shooting down another.

But the justices refused to hear the appeal,...

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