NJ Ban: Therapists Can't Try to Turn Gay Teens Straight

Joins California as 2nd state to outlaw 'gay conversion therapy'

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 19, 2013 9:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Chris Christie may not have done much bill-signing on Friday, but the same can't be said for today. The AP reports that the governor is set to sign a bill that will prevent licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teens straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to outlaw "gay conversion therapy." Christie has already signed a note that will accompany the bill; in it, he cites his own belief that people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin.

But he also refers to the American Psychological Association's identification of the health risks of trying to change a child's sexual orientation, and says he ultimately looked to "experts in the field" and sided with them though it meant limiting parental choice. In the signing note he writes that "government should tread carefully into this area, and I do so here reluctantly."

In this July 29, 2013 file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Morristown, NJ.
In this July 29, 2013 file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Morristown, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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