California Governor Signs Law Making State The Nation’s First To Ban ‘Gay Cure’ Therapy

California has become the first state in the country to ban so-called “sexual orientation therapy” for anyone under the age of 18 after Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1172 Sunday morning. The bill prohibits anyone in the state from performing any kind of psychotherapy designed to alter a minor’s sexual orientation, a controversial practice with no basis in actual science or psychiatry. LGBT groups were quick to applaud the new law, which goes into effect on January 1: “Governor Brown has sent a powerful message of affirmation and support to LGBT youth and their families. This law will ensure that state-licensed therapists can no longer abuse their power to harm LGBT youth and propagate the dangerous and deadly lie that sexual orientation is an illness or disorder that can be ‘cured,’” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in a statement published by NBC News.