Legal News of the Day: District Court Judge Blocks CA law Banning Sexual Orientation Therapy

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California William Shubb temporarily blocked the State of California from enforcing a law prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in SOCE, sexual orientation change efforts, with minors.  California Senate Bill 1172 would subject any mental health provider who does engage in such efforts to discipline for unprofessional conduct.  Mental health providers sought to block the law before it goes into effect on January 1st, on grounds that it violates their First Amendment freedom of speech, and Judge Shubb, finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits, granted the preliminary injunction limited only to the three plaintiffs.