A second federal lawsuit has been filed against California's new law banning therapy for teens struggling with gender confusion.
Beginning Jan. 1, professional therapists will no longer be allowed to tell anyone under the age of 18 that it's possible to change same-sex attraction.
The Christian legal group Liberty Counsel filed a civil rights suit Thursday in Sacramento, naming as plaintiffs two Southern California boys, ages 14 and 15, who have been undergoing so-called "reparative therapy," with Encino psychologist Joseph Nicolosi.
The suit claims the ban violates the teens' freedom of speech and freedom of religion by denying them the chance to be cured of "unwanted same-sex attraction."
The boys' parents also are named as plaintiffs, along with Nicolosi, two other Southern California therapists, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
The Pacific Justice Institute filed a similar lawsuit.