Sarah Boesveld of the National Post on Oct 6, 2012 wrote an article “Pray away the gay’: Conversion therapy groups face heat over charity status” which discusses how California has banned “conversion therapy” out of “concerns of LGBT groups who said the programs can cause depression and suicide in young people often coerced into the treatment.”
There is a widespread misconception that religious registered charities can do whatever they want as long as it relates to their religion. If you want to set up a religious group in Canada without charitable status then you can do just about anything as long as it is within the law. If you decide to pursue registered charity status under the Income Tax Act (Canada) then you are agreeing to comply with certain additional requirements. Many religious groups don’t want the additional requirements and don’t seek registered charity status.