While I strongly condemn these horrendous ex-gay therapies, I do think this federal judge might have overstepped his legal bounds by stripping parents of their right to raise their children even if the parents are doing the wrong things. Instead of forcing conservative parents to avoid these dangerous ex-gay therapies, we should try to reach out, educate, and inform these parents why these ex-gay therapies are a costly and deadly scam.
How closely did you read the article and the decision? The judge is a female, not a male.
Second, the claim that this was a free speech or religious freedom case was nonsense. What if a parent takes a seriously ill child to a voodoo priest for health care, instead of to conventional health care practitioners? What if they deny any kind of health care, based on religious grounds? There is Federal case law already dealing with these cases.
Gay reparative therapy is also voodoo medicine, and children should be protected against it. If you want to educate conservative parents, telling them their attempted use of reparative therapy is nutty and illegal should be eye-opening enough. And if it's not, maybe child protective services should step in.