California lawmakers last Tuesday passed a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy to reverse the sexual orientation of LGBT minors, paving the way for the state to become the country's first to prohibit licensed therapists from engaging in a practice that state Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill's sponsor, calls "quackery."
Prior to the 51-21 Assembly vote, John
Perez, the lower house's first openly gay speaker, said "there is a
question of what kinds of laws we should be debating, and I think none
are more important than laws that speak to our very humanity as people.”