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Jewish columnist appalled by Gov. Christie’s actions

October 02, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics

August 29, 2013

The following excerpts are from Joseph Aron’s article “Chris Christie and the LGBT Agenda” on “I used to be a Chris Christie fan. The New Jersey governor’s candid, blunt responses to almost any question that came his way always seemed to create an aura of conviction – a certain sincerity rarely seen in today’s politicians. This quality undoubtedly helped make him the rising national political star he’s become, with many speculating that he’s destined for the White House.”

“So I was appalled when Christie last week signed into law a bill banning so-called gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. Bill no. 3371 prohibits the counseling of any individual under 18 years of age by any counselor, whether a licensed mental health professional or clergy member, that would attempt to change the patient’s sexual orientation. The bill defines this counseling as ‘the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.’”

“Yet it explicitly exempts therapy for ‘a person seeking to transition from one gender to another, or counseling that provides acceptance [or] support’ for homosexuality. Thus, anyone under 18 struggling with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction [SSA) is precluded from receiving the help he or she may want even with parental consent. At the same time, parents are allowed to use their discretion to seek professional help to affirm their child’s SSA!” …