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USA, California: Ex-Gay Ban Appealed to Supreme Court

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

US Supreme CourtCalifornia’s ex-gay therapy ban will remain on hold as opponents file an appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Joe.My.God reports:

Last week the Ninth Circuit Court refused to consider the Liberty Counsel’s en banc appeal to overturn California’s ban on the “ex-gay” torture of LGBT youth. But the Ninth has now delayed the implementation of the ban while the Liberty Counsel asks the Supreme Court to hear their case. California’s SB 1172, which the 9th Circuit upheld in August, prohibits state-licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors from using sexual-orientation change therapy on patients younger than 18. After the full court refused to hold an en banc rehearing of the case, the challengers requested a stay of the mandate so that they can petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The appellate panel in turn granted a 90-day stay late Monday. “In the event that the petition for writ of certiorari is timely filed, the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court,” according to the brief order. Counselors, psychiatrists and their patients filed two cases against Gov. Jerry Brown over the ban, which they challenge as a violation of their free speech rights.

Grasping at straws, people. Grasping at straws.

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USA, California: Right Wing Goes After Conversion Therapy Ban Again In Court

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

California MapAfter losing the battle in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Liberty Counsel is asking for a rehearing.

Equality on Trial reports:

Today the Liberty Counsel, who brought one of the lawsuits challenging the ban on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds, has filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc at the Ninth Circuit. This means if they agree to rehear the case, the same panel could hear it again, or an 11-judge en banc panel will take up the issue anew. The petition questions the Ninth Circuit’s application of the more lenient rational basis scrutiny on a variety of grounds, suggesting that the law is content-based and viewpoint-based so that the proper First Amendment scrutiny should be the most rigorous strict scrutiny. And the petition suggests higher levels of scrutiny should apply if the law is based on conduct that touches on speech, among other things.

What, have they suddenly found some compelling new evidence that beating gay kids with tennis rackets actually does work to turn them straight?

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USA: Liberty Counsel Spokesman Calls Marriage Equality a “Weapon to Destroy Free Speech”

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

According to Matt Barber from the anti-gay Liberty Counsel, marriage equality advocates and their allies aren’t really interested in giving same-sex couples the same rights as their straight counterparts.

We just want to use gay marriage to destroy free speech, free religion and society at large because we want to tear down the archetypal white picket fence.

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Infighting between ADF, Liberty Fund Over Prop 8 Loss

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Apparently, arguments have broken out between conservative groups regarding the handling of the Prop 8 case that was recently decided by Federal Judge Vaughn Walker. The argument is between the Alliance Defense Fund and the Liberty Council. The latter has been involved in every unsuccessful attempt to deny Janet Jenkins her parental rights in the Miller-Jenkins case. The former has lost cases involving attempts by Christians to circumvent the rights of educational institutions to determine the criteria upon which their students can and will graduate.

Liberty Council has attacked the ADF for keeping them out of the Prop 8 trail. Apparently, Liberty Council, which is affiliated with Liberty University, wanted to introduce evidence proving how homosexuality was harmful to society, people children, etc. The ADF was allowed by Judge Vaughn Walker to argue the case when California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running to be Governor, declined to argue the case. Liberty Council has also stated that, by not letting them argue as well, the arguments supporting keeping this ban on same-sex marriages was substantially weakened.

The Campaign for California Families, which was Liberty Counsel’s client, “represents the extreme fring and is not representative of the coalition that got [Prop 8] passed”, ADF’s Andrew Pugno stated. He has also said “The proponents believed that intervention by that group would harm, not help, our case.” Unfortunately, it seems like the case was pretty much harmed no matter what.

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