Democratic Assemblymember Evan Low unexpectedly withdrew his support yesterday for his own conversion therapy bill. It would have made the fraudulent practice illegal for adults in California. And now the religious right is declaring victory. “The dangerous bill that would ban counsel and even portions of the Bible is dead,” Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver said. Low’s bill would have banned selling or advertising conversion therapy as a way to change someone’s sexual attraction from same-sex to opposite-sex. However, the openly gay politician said he needed more time. The unexpected announcement came on the final day of this year’s legislative session. The Senate and Assembly had already approved the bill and was awaiting a final Assembly vote to send it to Gov. Jerry Brown.
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