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New Jersey’s ban on sexual orientation change therapy to be challenged

September 24, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

August 19, 2013

Following are excerpts from Casey Mutchler’s article “Groups to fight N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy” on “Defenders of so-called gay conversion therapies vowed to continue the fight Monday after Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a measure making New Jersey the second state to ban the therapy targeting gay teens who want to change their sexual orientation.”

“The bill forbids any psychologist, social worker or licensed therapist from counseling children younger than 18 into changing their sexual orientation. California passed a similar law in 2012, outlawing therapists from offering the service for minors.”

… “Matt Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, which supports gay conversion therapy, said the group plans to file suit in the very near future to overturn the New Jersey statute, arguing in part the law is an infringement on parental rights to raise their children the way they see fit, or to seek counseling in the wake traumatic events.” …