Today marks one of our most important victories. Today, California put an end to the practice of the psychological torture of minors known as “conversion therapy.” Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law that we helped to draft banning this practice in California!
As I write this, I am on the verge of tears because I have met men and women who were subjected to these dangerous practices. I have seen the scars they bear—and they are the lucky ones. In some cases, young people who were told that they were sick and needed to change did not feel their lives were worth living.
Today is the beginning of the end of these shameful and inhumane practices. We thank Senator Ted Lieu for authoring this life-saving law, Governor Jerry Brown for signing it, Attorney General Kamala Harris for tirelessly defending it against these challenges, Munger, Tolles, & Olson for their heroic efforts as our co-counsel, and our colleagues at Equality California for co-sponsoring it with us and intervening in the case as our client to help defend it.