There is no doubt that the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, which happens to be in northern California, is the most liberal court in all of America. In the past decade, the 9th Court has repeatedly ignored the US Constitution as it has upheld virtually every law made to give rights to gays and illegal aliens. They rule against family values and anything Christian.
That is until now!
As reported earlier, the California legislature passed SB 1172 which would make any kind of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) by therapists, psychologists, counselors and parents an illegal act punishable by arrest, fines and/or jail time. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law which was scheduled to go into effect on Jan.1, 2013.
Liberty Counsel challenged the constitutionality of the new law and filed a lawsuit (Pickup v. Brown) on behalf of reparative therapy practitioners and recipients which included: several licensed counselors who provide such counsel; the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH); and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), an organization with about 50,000 professional counseling members.
Matt Staver, Chairman and Founding Member of Liberty Counsel and Dean of the Liberty University School of Law, argued the case before the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, saying:
“The minors we represent have not and do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior. They are greatly benefiting from counseling, These minors have struggled with same-sex attraction and have been able to reduce or eliminate the stress and conflict in their lives by receiving counseling that best aligns with their religious and moral values.”
“Without this emergency injunction, the State of California would essentially barge into the private therapy rooms of victimized young people and tell them that their confusion caused by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky abuser is normal and they should pursue their unwanted same-sex sexual attractions and behavior.”
“This law is politically motivated to interfere with counselors and clients. Liberty Counsel is thankful that the Ninth Circuit blocked the law from going into effect. This law is an astounding overreach by the government into the realm of counseling and would have caused irreparable harm.”
Last Friday, the 9th Court issued a temporary block to SB 1172 pending a full hearing on the appeal filed against the measure. As liberal as this court has been in the past, their issuing of the injunction is a surprise to many and considered to be a first step towards victory over this unconstitutional law.