The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided against hearing several closely watched California legal challenges, in each instance leaving intact a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Among the cases the justices let go were:
-- A challenge to California's ban on "gay conversion therapy" to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian minors. Declining to hear an appeal from conservative groups, the court let stand last year's ruling upholding the law.
-- A challenge to California's requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The 2007 low-carbon fuel law had been challenged by the oil industry, ethanol producers and out-of-state farm interests arguing that it unfairly burdened their businesses.