October 15, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
As we noted before, Liberty Council and Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit challenging the newly-signed law in California banning the practice of “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors. The complaint (which can be found here) alleges violation of the “right to privacy”, the first amendment’s protections against freedom of religion and viewpoint discrimination, and it alleges the statute is vague and overbroad.
Now the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) has filed its own lawsuit challenging the ban. Their lawsuit aims to prevent the statute from “violating their [plaintiffs'] respective federal and state constitutional guarantees of Freedom of Speech, Free Exercise of Religion, and the fundamental right to direct the upbringing of one’s child.” Many of the plaintiffs in NARTH’s lawsuit practice this type of therapy, and the complaint suggests that it can be effective.
The complaints in both challenges are here, h/t Kathleen: