The Legality of Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU, discusses the legal issues associated with gay 'conversion therapy' and various challenges to bans on this type of therapy.


Kenji Yoshino

Comments [3]

Steve from New York

If California is worried about therapies that have been demonstrated to do harm to those who participate in it, then why doesn't it pass a similar law in regard to Scientology psychotherapy practices. They, too, have been found to be of no benefit by the major mental health organizations.

Dec. 05 2012 10:56 AM
Cris from Park Slope

How is this any different from all the other self-help scams out there: fad diets, hypnotherapy, quack herbals and the like? This is America-- buyer beware!

Dec. 05 2012 10:48 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I believe the two issues are as follows:

1. Whether it is legal to force someone to go to any kind of therapy against their will, be it minor child or adult, except in cases in which the person presents a danger to him/herself or others, which clearly does not apply in "conversion therapy";

2. Whether it is legal to use a type of therapy that does not have peer-reviewed double-blind efficacy studies backing its effectiveness. Therapists have to have degrees and be licensed by their various jurisdictions, and therapists who are using therapies that have not been proven effective or have been proven not to be effective are merely selling snake oil, and THAT is illegal.

From the studies I've read, it is apparent that homosexuality is physiological and cannot be changed by therapy.

Dec. 05 2012 10:45 AM

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