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"EX-GAY" THERAPY: Four California therapists who work with people who want to suppress homosexual feelings are going to court today in Sacramento to try to block implementation of Senate Bill 1172. The bill - written by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and signed in September by Gov. Jerry Brown - bans minors from therapy meant to convert gays to become straight. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller will hear the case brought by the therapists, two sets of parents and two organizations that promote therapies to change sexual orientation, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Attorney General Kamala Harris, in documents filed with the court, argues that SB 1172 "is based on a broad consensus in the scientific community dating back to the early 1970's that homosexuality is not a disease, condition, or disorder in need of a 'cure.'"

"An injunction would expose some of society's most vulnerable members to treatment that the state and every major mental health organization in the country have condemned as an outmoded, ineffective, and potentially dangerous relic from an era when homosexuality was pathologized and criminalized," Harris wrote.

The case is being watched nationwide as similar therapies are scrutinized in other states.

FUNDRAISER ALREADY? November appears to be a jam-packed month for Sen. Juan Vargas. First came the election, when voters of the 51st Congressional District elected him to represent them in the U.S. House. Then -- though he'd soon be leaving the state Senate to take the job Congress -- Vargas and three other state senators flew off to Australia and New Zealand for two weeks of meetings with government officials and business executives, ostensibly to bone up on solutions in those countries that could help California. And today, not even sworn in yet as a congressman, Vargas is holding a fundraiser at a seafood restaurant in Washington, D.C., asking for checks to support his congressional campaign.


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