October 1st, 2012
10:48 AM ET

California governor signs gay conversion therapy ban

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning therapy aimed at turning gay kids straight, saying such efforts "will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery."

"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide," Brown tweeted.

The California Senate passed the bill in May. It will kick in on January 1.

The bill prohibits efforts to change the sexual orientation of patients under age 18.


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  1. Kenney

    Very right you are @@@banasy c about tramping down who people really are i spent a lot of money on therapy not to be directed either way that is gay/straight,,,i was left to figure it out at that point,,,the therapist found the pieces of the puzzle and i had to creat thge masterpiece does that make since?

    October 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Makes total sense, Kenney.
      That's precisely what therapy is about; helping a person become more self-aware...clearly you are a success story, darlin'.
      Well, done!

      October 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Bond

    Man now i need a couch

    October 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kenney

    Success maybe,,,but im still painting my masterpiece

    October 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Obama Mama

    @Kenney -No one starts out as a Monet, NO ONE.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Mama, lol, I don't posess the painting gene but Monet is my absolute favorite. While in France I visited his home in Giverney and I understand his attraction to the light. @Kenney, we are all a work in progress and that only stops when we die. Keep up the good fight.

      October 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    A few months ago there was a story about a young man who killed himself over the treatment he'd recieved due to 1 of these "conversion therapies"! He was beaten everyday for having "gay tendencies," by his stepdad per the rules of the "therapy"! Even having lived through such violent bigotry, he was still gay! It couldn't be beaten, therapied or religioned out of him! Se.xuality is in our DNA & the scale runs from staunchly straight on 1 end to staunchly gay on the other & there is a lot of "grey" territory in between! No1 should be punished for being a se.xual being, I applaud this bill!!

    October 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hollywood

    Kudos to Governor Brown for doing the right thing on behalf of all those in need.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    i disagree. aberrations require correction. conversion in its true sense means to turn away...unless a drunk turns away from alcohol he remains deadly and destructive to himself and to others...california need to stop being such a hypocrite...as if legislature can make an aberrations normal...if you really trully believe that closed down your rehab centers, hospitals, prisons, fire your all first responders, courts, judges, and jury, police, legislators, get rid of churches and schools, trash the golden rule and toss every commandment, burn every holy book and bible...let every wrong be right and every aberration beeeeeeeeeee "normal"....oh and there's a term for that...its called lawlessness!

    October 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hey Rascal Rabble

    Pretty sure the first thing that should be called out if the aberrant behavior by your beloved priests, who have taken lawlessness to a new level...guess what, slick? THE most aberaant of all are the ones who continuously hide behin their priestly robes to devase innocents...think this correction would work on them? Think again. Throw out your stupid notions that being gay is contagious and join the enlightment of what millions of gay people know! A heart can't help who it is attracted to, and stupid sheeeit like you just posted is backwards thinking at its best. Clean up your own stinking church before you presume to call anyone aberrant because your church is the most deviate of all!! And READ the article next time: its based on children under 18!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Medicated

    Gayness is not a "preference". Most straight people would not like their attraction n love w those of a different gender a "preference". As if a straight person could will themselves into loving n having s.e.x w someone of the same gender. The word "preference" implies choice; and that's one of the very concepts these conversion "therapies" use to justify their existence. There have been those who choose their partner's gender for political reasons or for experimentation. That's pretty rare. Where each of us falls on the spectrum of s.e.x.uality is inseparable from who we are biologically n is hard wired into our brains.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Medicated

    *Most straight people would not like their attraction n love w those of different genders to be called a “preference”.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. ronvan

    PERCEPTION / PREJUDICE: And of course RIGHTS! But the REAL problem is that in todays world we are bombarded with what is right and wrong, what OTHERS want us to do. IF you are gay / lesbian, so what! I have known and worked with both sides, found that they are normal, fun, respectfull, you know, just like the rest of us!
    It is like all those commercials we see about going bald, for men, that tell us how we can get back to feeling OK!
    Now I don't know folks, but I am 68, going bald, and I do not have a problem with it! Going bald doesn/t mean you have to change your life or seek, life threatening treatment!! Just like getting old! Can't change it, stop it, YET!! LOL.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    @ ronvan, The issue is, Gods word and whether a person choices to follow it. There is no room for negotiation.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol now if they would just come up with a cure for meaness and hatred this world would be a far better place!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
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