Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
December 6, 2012

Wayne Besen: "In an odd court decision released Monday, federal judge William Shubb temporarily blocked California from enforcing S.B. 1172, a groundbreaking law that prohibits anti-gay therapists from trying to turn gay minors straight.  However, the order was quite narrow, applying only to the three plaintiffs who sued to overturn S.B. 1172. Shubb wrote, "Even if SB 1172 is characterized as primarily aimed at regulating conduct, it also extends to forms of (conversion therapy) that utilize speech and, at a minimum, regulates conduct that has an incidental effect on speech." It seems that Judge Shubb is a bit confused about the First Amendment. He appears to believe that it gives mental health providers license to say whatever they want, even if it is not in the best interest of clients. Such thinking makes a mockery of medicine and fails to distinguish between normal laypeople and trusted practitioners. It treats medical and mental health experts as if they are op-ed columnists or talk radio hosts, with their personal views superseding their professional opinions."