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NJ Looks to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Would join California as only states to do so
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
NJ Looks to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second left at podium, delivers his State Of The State address to a large crowd in the Assembly Chambers of the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Trenton, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – California may soon have an ally in its battle against anti-gay psychological therapy. The New Jersey Assembly voted 56-14 yesterday to ban licensed therapists and social workers from pushing gay and lesbian young people to alter their sexuality, Reuters reports. The state Senate is likely to approve the measure Thursday. It remains to be seen whether Gov. Chris Christie will sign it, but he has criticized such treatment. California has thus far been the only state to outlaw the practice. (Read more New Jersey stories.)

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