California Appropriations Committee Advances Bill To Protect Patients From Ex-Gay Therapy

In a party line vote, the California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee passed SB 1172, a bill that would make California the first state in the nation to limit harmful ex-gay therapy as well as prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing sexual orientation change efforts. Representatives from a coalition of LGBT groups told the committee today that the bill “will literally save lives.” The anti-gay National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) had launched a spending campaign to block SB 1172, falsely claiming that “reparative therapy actually works,” even though one of the most prominent studies used to support ex-gay therapy was just disavowed by its main researcher, who then apologized to the gay community. The bill will now head back to the Senate for concurrence on the amendments, then to the full Assembly floor, and finally to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

Steven Perlberg