California appeals court blocks gay therapy ban

An appeals court has blocked California's law banning therapy intended to turn gay minors straight.

A three judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an emergency order putting the law on hold.

The panel says it needs time to hear all of the arguments on the issue.

The law was set to take effect January 1.

Several licensed counselors who practice the so-called 'reparative therapy' and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court judge refused the request.

The California Legislature passed the law and Governor Jerry Brown signed it in September.

It would make mental health professionals who engage in efforts to change their clients' sexual orientations subject to discipline by state licensing boards.

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