California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law, on Saturday, banning 'reparative' or 'ex-gay' therapy. that is used to change the sexual orientation of LGBT children and teens, reports the Daily Mail.
Gov. Brown said in a statement: "This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”
The Human Rights Council (HRC) said it had collected nearly 50,000 signatures on a petition calling for Gov. Brown to sign the bill.
Saturday was the last day that Gov. Brown could decide to sign or veto the bill, SB1172, which will now go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
Democratic Sen Ted Lieu, who sponsored the bill, told NBC News: "An entire house of medicine has rejected gay conversion therapy. Not only does it not work but it is harmful. Patients who go through this have gone through guilt and shame, and some have committed suicide."
The law bans mental health providers from offering therapy designed “to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”
Republican opponents of the law claimed that it violates the rights of parents to make choices for their children.