Supreme court rejects gay conversion therapy

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a California law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay people straight.

The justices on Monday allowed to let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state’s ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for minors doesn’t violate the free speech rights of counselors and patients seeking treatment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that California lawmakers properly showed that efforts to change sexual orientation were outside the mainstream, unscientific, and thus has been rejected for good reason.

Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal aid group, challenged the law along with other supporters of the therapy. They argue that lawmakers have no proof the therapy does any harm.