Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Ban on Change Therapy. NARTH to Appeal Ruling.
NARTH finds today's ruling by the court to be disappointing and plans to appeal this decision. If left standing, this ruling will constitute a serious intrusion by government on the freedom of minors and their families to choose their desired form of psychological care.
At a time when adolescents who experience themselves as being the wrong biological sex are allowed to pursue sexual reassignment surgery, licensed therapists who are willing to assist youth with unwanted same-sex attraction and behaviors will be prohibited from even talking to minors in a manner that could be construed as promoting the pursuit of change.
Politicians and non-elected judges have seen fit to approve of such encroachments on personal and professional freedoms in spite of the fact that the American Psychological Association admits the exact causes of same-sex attractions are not known, virtually no research exists directly addressing the modification of same-sex behaviors and attractions with minors, and the prevalence of harm from such change efforts is unknown and has therefore not been established as being any greater than the rates of harm documented for psychotherapy in general. Furthermore, much research has documented that fluidity in sexual attractions and identity often occurs naturally and is particularly pronounced in adolescence and early adulthood, which suggests the viability of therapeutic change efforts for some youth.
These facts make it clear that science is not at the forefront of this effort to restrict freedoms. If that were the case, gaps in our knowledge of this area would be addressed through a bipartisan program of research, not by the heavy hand of government squelching professional practice in order to appease powerful interests of activists within professional associations and lobbying groups. NARTH sincerely hopes that these crucial facts will be considered by a more receptive judicial audience in the future.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Ban on Change Therapy
Liberty Counsel Statement:
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco [PDF file:]Under this law, minors will not be able to receive any counsel from a licensed therapist which seeks to change unwanted same-sex sexual or romantic attractions, behaviors or mannerisms, or identity. Nor will licensed counselors be permitted to offer such counsel, despite the fact that their clients are currently benefiting from such counsel.
Liberty Counsel will ask the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case or file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Despite the fact that there is absolutely no evidence that change therapy is harmful to children, the Ninth Circuit panel ruled, "California has authority to prohibit licensed mental health providers from administering therapies that the legislature has deemed harmful."
The minors that Liberty Counsel represents do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior. They are greatly benefiting from this counseling. Their grades have gone up, their self-esteem has improved, and their relationships at home are much improved. Legislators and judges in the state of California have essentially barged into the private therapy rooms of victimized young people and told them that their confusion, caused by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky abuser, is normal and they should pursue their unwanted and dangerous same-sex sexual attractions and behavior, regardless of whether those minors desire their religious beliefs to trump their unwanted attractions.
If Liberty Counsel hadn't mentioned the homosexual sexual abuse that causes so much unwanted and other homosexuality, I would have.
What this court has done is strip unalienable rights under the US Constitution by granting the California legislature and governor that power. This court deemed that the legislature and governor may deem that homosexually abused children and neglected and confused children have no right to get the help they need to restore them to their original, natural (not artificial), exclusively heterosexual inclinations and not be overturned.
This ruling by this court is very disappointing and only goes to show that one ought never underestimate the conniving minds of the homosexual push onto the slippery slope to Hell and damnation.