(Washington Times) A California bill to ban therapies to “change” sexual orientation in children and teens passed its final legislative hurdle late Thursday and now goes to California Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.

“Few things are more offensive than child abuse and, frankly, that’s what these types of psychological treatments are,” said Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance, author of Senate Bill 1172, which he introduced in February. “These attempts are quackery, and this kind of psychological abuse of children must stop.”

Mr. Brown has not taken a position on SB 1172, and he has until Sept. 30 to sign, veto or allow its protections to take effect without his signature on Jan. 1, 2013. If enacted, the measure would be the first of its kind in the nation.

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