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-California: PJI Seeks Injunction to Halt Gay Therapy Ban

by Dr. D ~ November 5th, 2012


From PJI:

Attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute filed major legal briefs this week asking the federal court in Sacramento to prevent a controversial ban on so-called “change therapy” or “reparative therapy” from taking effect Jan. 1.

The law, known as SB 1172, was passed by the legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown the last weekend in September. PJI filed suit immediately to protect the rights of families to seek treatment for sexually confused youth; the rights of mental health professionals to offer their best professional counsel, not a script dictated by the government; and the rights of churches to offer professional counseling consistent with their doctrinal beliefs.

The motion filed by PJI lays out the core constitutional problems with the law and asks the court to issue a preliminary injunction that would place the law on hold until it is fully adjudicated. Oral arguments on the motion are scheduled for December 3 at 2:00 p.m. before Senior U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “To date, the push for SB 1172 has relied heavily on soundbites and buzzwords. Our legal briefs have unmasked this stealth attack for what it is—an unprecedented attempt to reach even inside the four walls of a church to enforce state orthodoxy on homosexual behavior. We are looking forward to defending churches—and our children—in court.”

Response: This is an important case for all Christians around the country since gay activists will be trying to initiate similar legislation in all 50 states.

Not all Christian therapists believe in so-called ‘reparative therapy’ but the new California law also makes it nearly impossible to bring Biblical counsel legally to those who are sexually confused or to those with gay tendencies. In essence, the law is comprehensive enough to be an attack on religious freedom and churches who might be involved in Biblical counseling and not just a ban on a particular type of counseling therapy.             *Top

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