“Conversion Therapy:” Free Speech versus Science

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While advocates of “conversion therapies” claim they can turn gays and lesbians into heterosexuals, the state legislature recently banned them as potentially damaging to minor children.  But the law might not go into effect because two federal judges have issued conflicting opinions involving regulatory powers and the 1st amendment.   



  • Brad Dacus - President of the Pacific Justice Institute, a Christian nonprofit legal defense organization that’s representing the three plaintiffs who sued to block SB 1172.
  • Shannon Minter - Legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which co-sponsored SB 1172.
  • Erwin Chemerinsky - constitutional law professor and dean of UC Berkeley School of Law


Warren Olney