US backs gay medical conversion

The law states that therapists and counsellors who use "sexual orientation change efforts" on clients under 18 would be engaging in unprofessional conduct and subject to discipline by state licensing boards. It is set to take effect from 1 January.

US District Court Judge William Shubb on Monday ruled the First Amendment rights of mental health professionals outweighed concern that "conversion therapy" posed a danger to young people. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and other basic rights.

"Even if SB 1172 is characterised as primarily aimed at regulating conduct, it also extends to forms of