AB-2943 Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts

AB-2943 Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts

AB 2943 by Assemblymember Evan Low, which codifies and makes explicit in California law that  sexual orientation change efforts, also known as “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” is a fraudulent business practice under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

Performing gay cure therapy on minors is already is illegal in nine US states and counting, as well as Switzerland, Malta, Taiwan, two Canadian provinces, and the Australian state of Victoria.

The bill would build on the existing law to introduce a possible conviction under state law for gay ‘cure’ practitioners.

It would amend the section of the existing Civil Code section on fraud which deals with “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” – such as financial misrepresentation, false commercial claims and deliberate misselling to consumers – to include a prohibition on “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual”.

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