It is now illegal for licensed therapists to try and “convert” gay teens into heterosexuals, thanks to a new a new law signed by New Jersey’s (Catholic) governor Chris Christie, who believes that “people are born gay and homosexuality is not a sin.”
The move came as a (welcomed) surprise to many considering the governor had previously vetoes legislation that would have allowed gays to marry in New Jersey.
In announcing his decision to back the bill, Christie noted that “the health risks of trying to alter a child’s sexual orientation (as identified by the American Psychological Association), including depression and suicide, outweigh concerns over the government setting limits on parental choices.”
The bill, sponsored by openly gay Assemblyman Tim Eustace, passed both houses of the state legislature in June with bipartisan support.
“It is our truest hope that the governor will realize, as the majority of the state’s lawmakers and a super-majority of the public have realized, that the best way to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are protected from the abuse of being ostracized is to provide them with equality,” exclaimed, Troy Stevenson, head of Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s biggest gay rights organization.