Suits targeting California's gay therapy ban may be merged

Both suits are now in the same court and could wind up being consolidated

Tom Tucker, CBS Local 2 Morning Anchor, thomas.tucker@cbslocal2.com
POSTED: 06:49 AM PST Jan 04, 2013 
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -

The legal landscape surrounding California's pending ban on psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight is getting more confusing.
  The Attorney General's office announced on Wednesday that it was appealing a federal judge's decision to temporarily exempt from the first-of-its kind ban's restrictions three people who have sued to overturn it.
  But the law that gave rise to the ban on practicing so-called reparative therapy with minors has been put on hold and therefore can't be enforced against anyone.
  SB1172 was supposed to take effect on Jan. 1. An appeals court late last month overruled a different judge and agreed to block it until it could consider the issues raised in a separate lawsuit.
  The upshot is that both suits are now in the same court and could wind up being consolidated into one case.