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Court Upholds First Ban on Gay-to-Straight Therapy

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Updated: 8/29/2013 11:20 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the nation's first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight. 
 
      The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the state's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.
 
      The ban's supporters maintain that the methods therapists use to try to change youngsters' sexual orientations are unethical and ineffective. 
 
      The law was supposed to take effect at the beginning of the year but has been on hold pending the 9th Circuit's ruling. 
 
      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a similar law that would also outlaw conversion therapy in his state.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is issuing the regulations needed to allow gay couples married in states that recognize same-sex marriages to file joint federal tax returns.
 
      Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the new rules will provide "clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide."
 
      Lew said the regulations also make clear that legally married same-sex couples will be able to move freely throughout the country and their federal tax filing status will not change.
 
      The new rules implement the tax aspects of the Supreme Court's ruling in June which invalidated a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
 
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