'Gay Conversion Therapy' Ban Put On Hold
An appeals court has put an injunction on a new California state law that bans 'gay conversion therapy' for under 18's.
The federal panel of judges at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to block the law that would have prevented minors from being able to undergo the controversial treatment.
The law would have come into effect on January 1st 2013, however it has been put on hold until it can be discussed further in court.
Some psychologists insist conversion therapy is dangerous to patients, and say it simply does not work.
The American Psychological Association posted on it's website: "to date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation (sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy) is safe or effective,"
"Furthermore, it seems likely that the promotion of change therapies reinforces stereotypes and contributes to a negative climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons," says the APA, the leading scientific organisation representing psychology in the US.
David Pickup, a spokesman for the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, believes conversion therapy is safe and can work if done properly. He stated: "we do competent therapy, therapy that truly works,"
Pickup added that he himself had undergone the therapy and has benefited from it.