Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:04

Christie Signs Law Banning Minors From Therapy for Same-Sex Attraction

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Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (shown) quietly signed a bill into law August 19 making it illegal for licensed therapists in the state to help minors overcome homosexual attraction — even with the approval of their parents. The bill, A3371, bans any qualified therapist, psychologist, social worker, or anyone “who performs counseling as part of the person's professional training for any of these professions,” from counseling anyone under 18 years of age with the intent of helping that person change his or her sexual orientation. Therapies and treatments that are prohibited, according to the bill's language, include “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.”

Christie, who has promoted himself as socially conservative, explained that he signed the bill based on the recommendations of the American Psychological Association (APA), which insisted that its research shows such “conversion” or “reparative” therapy can lead teens struggling with homosexual feelings into “depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts.”

While claiming to have “concerns about government limiting parental choice on the care and treatment of their own children,” Christie nonetheless said “I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate. Based upon this analysis, I sign this bill into law.”

Troy Stevenson, executive director of the homosexual activist group Garden State Equality, applauded the new law that will encourage youth to embrace homosexuality. “The best way to ensure our LGBT youth are protected from the abuse of being ostracized is to provide them with full equality,” Stevenson said in a statement. “We must provide all NJ youth with acceptance, with hope for the future, and yes, the promise of the dignity to marry the person that they love.”

Christie is a practicing Catholic, but has said he disagrees with the Catholic Church's longtime scriptural teaching on the sinfulness of homosexuality. That conviction, along with centuries of tradition and proof of the destructive nature of the aberrant lifestyle, has inspired a majority of states to pass constitutional amendments defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Last year, Christie vetoed a bill to legalize homosexual marriage in New Jersey, and was critical of the recent Supreme Court ruling against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Democratic State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who sponsored the legislation banning the therapy, praised Christie for affirming “what many opponents of marriage equality do not recognize, which is that gay people are not in need of treatment. That's certainly an important statement to make and he made that with his signing of the bill.” Lesniak added hopefully that legalizing homosexual marriage in New Jersey would be “a natural next step.”

New Jersey is the second state to pass a law banning concerned and qualified adults from helping youth deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. In October 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning reparative therapy for minors in his state. In a statement Brown parroted the talking points of homosexual activists pushing the measure, arguing that such therapies “have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

As it did with the California law, the conservative legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel condemned the New Jersey bill and said that it would pursue a challenge to see it overturned. The group's founder and chairman, Matt Staver, said that in signing the bill Christie was “putting himself in every counseling room, dictating what kind of counseling clients can receive. This bill provides a slippery slope of government infringing upon the First Amendment [guarantees] of counselors to provide, and patients to receive, counseling consistent with their religious beliefs.”

Staver noted that the bill is so broad “that parents would be prohibited from seeking help for their son who developed unwanted same-sex attractions after being molested by the likes of Jerry Sandusky. Counselors would only be allowed to affirm these unwanted feelings as good and normal. This is absurd and dangerous. This law would inflict serious damage to children, parents, and counselors.”

As for Christie's insistence that the new law was based on research from the APA, Liberty Counsel noted that the APA's 2009 Task Force Report, cited by the New Jersey bill's sponsors, “specifically states that there is evidence of benefit of such counseling, and any such reports to the contrary were only anecdotal. The Report also states that there is no research — none — regarding the effects of change therapy involving minors.”

Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, which has filed suit to overturn the California law, said that the laws in both states came about because of pressure from homosexual groups, and not because of scientific evidence. “The question here isn't if sexuality comes from birth or not,” he noted. “The question is should we allow the government to restrict religious and constitutional freedoms because a forceful LGBT lobby says we should? The answer to that question is a resounding 'No.'”

Addressing the attack against religious freedoms that are implicit in the bill, Denny Burke, a professor of biblical studies at Louisville, Kentucky's Boyce College, wrote on his blog site that the new law will mean that “licensed service providers who also happen to be Christian will have to choose. They can either abandon Christian teaching or they can abandon their profession. The law now prohibits them from doing both. You just watch. Any counselor or therapist who tries to buck the system on this one will lose their credentials from the state. There will be no religious liberty exception.”

Photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: AP Images

5 comments

  • Comment Link aCultureWarrior Sunday, 25 August 2013 21:05 posted by aCultureWarrior

    The homosexual movement has yet another ally in Chris Christie. Good-bye parental rights, hello abolising the age of sexual consent laws (as seen in the 1972 original Gay Rights Platform).

  • Comment Link Warren Mass Friday, 23 August 2013 09:28 posted by Warren Mass

    I am a New Jersey native in exile and for quite some time I liked Christie. His feisty demeanor reminded me of my late father. He was the typical New Jersey "tough guy" who would stand up to unions and call a spade a spade.

    But, lately, he has shown his true colors. He signed several restrictive gun control bills into law. Now, this latest outrage is the straw that broke the camel's back. As my grandfather and father would have said, in their New Jersey way of speaking: "Take a WAWK, Christie!"

  • Comment Link rprew Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:14 posted by rprew

    Romans 1:18-32 (KJV)
    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
    19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    Therapy that works.
    Romans 10:9-11 (KJV)
    9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
    10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

  • Comment Link REMant Wednesday, 21 August 2013 21:37 posted by REMant

    If Christie is the nominee against Clinton, the Secret Service had better step up their protection.

  • Comment Link Tionico Wednesday, 21 August 2013 18:05 posted by Tionico

    NO WAY can we allow this tyrant to step into Obama's shoes... though they'll be rather a good fit on him. His policies on guns, immigration, and now the true sanctity of marriage, preclude him from suitability.

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