NJ Gov. Christie Signs Ban on Counseling for Minors Seeking Help for Homosexuality

Aug 21, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has signed into law a bill that uses government power to ban both parents and teenagers of the right to seek professional help for homosexuality.

California recently enacted a similar law, a so called “gay conversion therapy” ban, that is currently being held up in court because of concern of restrictions on religious liberty and free speech. Watch Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz talk with Fox 7 about this troubling law:

Maggie Gallagher, writing on National Review Online, summarized this brazen overreach of government power very well:

Governor Chris Christie has just put his name to a bill that uses the power of government to strip both parents and teenagers of the right to seek competent, professional help to live their life in accordance with their own values. The bill does not ban a specific kind of destructive therapy; it is a blanket ban on any licensed counseling professional helping any teenager who does not wish to act on gay (or transgender) desire. Not only efforts to change orientation but efforts to change behavior are forbidden, under penalty of law.

Governor Christie just endorsed a law that thus excludes many gay teens who wish to live in accordance with Bible-based values from the circle of care; he has outright banned chastity as a goal of counseling. His bill is not only anti-religious, anti-liberty, and anti-family, it is anti-science…

 

Photo: Mel Evans / AP

 

 

 

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