What do you consider the biggest win for gay rights this year? Many would cite the legalization of gay marriage by popular vote in Maine, Maryland, and Washington. But for Guardian writer Jason Farago, the "sweetest victory" is California's ban on gay conversion therapies for children and teens, passed in September.
But CA's ban on the therapies is now facing a legal challenge, and could be overturned. Liberty Counsel, a Christian group linked to the late Jerry Falwell, has brought a federal lawsuit to prevent the law taking effect. They call the ban "an astounding violation of the right to free speech and religious liberty."
The "gay cure" ban is a big deal because it is the first of its kind, and it sets a model for others to follow, as NJ legislators are now doing. Plus, Farago writes, it protects vulnerable young people from the harm caused by the "cures." He calls on readers interested in gay rights to stand up for the vulnerable, like gay kids in California and other states.