9th Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to California Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors

California Senate Bill 1172, which bans state-licensed mental health providers from conducting “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE), commonly known as “conversion therapy,” on patients who are under age 18, was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013, but two lawsuits challenging its constitutionality, mainly on First Amendment free speech grounds, were filed by practitioners and others, leading to conflicting rulings on motions for preliminary relief.   On August 29, a 9th Circuit panel, ruling
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Supreme Court: Clearing Up the Cert Backlog After the DOMA and Prop 8 Decisions

Yesterday the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Windsor, affirming the 2nd Circuit and holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violates the 5th Amendment, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, holding that the initiative proponents of Proposition 8, who had been allowed to intervene in its defense at trial, lacked standing to appeal the district court’s ruling.   The decisions will go into effect after the Court issues its mandate, which is normally … <Read More>

Presumed Parenthood for California Domestic Partners – Did This Issue Have to Be Litigated?

Under longstanding legal principles in most American jurisdictions, and definitely in California, when a married woman has a child, her spouse is presumed to be the legal parent of the child.  When California first established legally-recognized domestic partnerships for same-sex couples, this status brought with it only a limited menu of rights and responsibilities.  However, through a few rounds of amendments, the domestic partnership status was expanded to come close to matching the legal rights … <Read More>