Summary: The Ninth Circuit upheld a draconian state law that prohibits licensed counselors from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with minor children. The law prohibits pure speech, not merely techniques like electro-shock therapy, and it targets counselors and counselees who hold traditional views of marriage and sexuality. IFF previously wrote to support counselor Brian Tingley’s petition for rehearing by the full Ninth Circuit (all judges, not just a panel of three) and now is supporting his pending Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. IFF wrote to support Tingley’s right to work according to his personal convictions, also emphasizing the inherently religious nature of counseling.

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