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California sued for banning controversial ‘cure’ for LGBT minors

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The Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a new California law that prohibits mental health providers in the state from attempting to change the sexual orientation of minors.

S.B. 1172, which takes effect at the beginning of 2013, violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and religious freedom, according to the lawsuit. The Liberty Counsel also said in the lawsuit that S.B. 1172 interfered with the doctor-patient relationship by preventing patients from being provided the full range of treatment options.

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“This law forces clients to receive and counselors to provide only one viewpoint on the subject of same-sex attractions, even when the client does not want to act on those attractions,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “This law even forbids counselors from referring clients to someone of their choice. For the state to assume that it knows best what kind of counseling individuals should receive is the height of hubris and ignorance.”

The law completely bans so-called “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy for those under 18. For adult patients, the new law requires patients to fill out a consent form that states “a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder” and notes the therapy could be harmful.

When signing the legislation into law in September, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the therapy was being “relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

The American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association have both officially stated there is no solid evidence that reparative therapy can change sexual orientation, but said there was evidence it could be harmful.

“These extreme anti-LGBT groups are grasping at straws with these lawsuits,” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), said in a statement. “Every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these practices are ineffective and dangerous.

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“The state has the right and obligation to protect young people from this abuse, which can lead to depression, substance abuse, self-harm, and even suicide. This law is no different from a thousand others that protect kids, from prohibiting underage smoking and drinking to requiring parents to use car seats. NCLR will commit all the energy and resources necessary to defend this vital and life-saving law.”

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Giuliani associates’ company promised to build a bizarre temple over Jerusalem

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The Wall Street Journal has uncovered new details about the strange work done by Fraud Guarantee, the company founded by Lev Parnas, the indicted henchman of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Specifically, the Journal was given information from an investor who says he plugged $250,000 into Fraud Guarantee after Parnas told him that he could use his connections with President Donald Trump to help promote his initiative to create peace in the Middle East.

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Liberal PACs gear up for major ad blitz to flip GOP-controlled legislatures in states where Trump is vulnerable

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According to a report from Politico, two left-leaning PAC's are working in concert to flip GOP-majority legislatures in reliably conservative or too- close-to-call states.

With Donald Trump expected to be at the top of the Republican ticket, "Arena and Future Now Fund, are planning to spend $7 million to try to flip GOP-controlled state legislatures in Florida, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina," the report states.

According to Daniel Squadron, co-founder of the Future Now Fund, "If you look at where the important states are, the places most people are watching are the Electoral College to secure the White House. But the truth is that when you talk about the impact of 2020, electoral control of the state legislatures is critical.”

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Newly revealed letter details Rudy Giuliani’s work for Fraud Guarantee company owned by indicted henchman

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A newly revealed letter sheds light on Rudy Giuliani's work for Fraud Guarantee, a company founded by his indicted associates Lev Parnas and David Correia -- and the document has been handed over to investigators.

Fraud Guarantee circulated an investor letter last year that shows the company would pay the consulting firm Giuliani Partners up to $2 million for the first year and give the former New York City mayor equity in the company, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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