New Jersey Senate Passes Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors
New Jersey's bill to ban conversion therapy for minors has passed in the New Jersey Senate and is on it's way to Chris Christie's desk.
Christie's already on our sh*t-list this week after declaring that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA was a bad move. While he's clearly no ally to the gays, Christie has publicly stated that he opposes conversion therapy, so hopefully he'll swiftly sign the bill.
The Senate approved the bill (A3371), 28-9; the Assembly passed it Monday. It now heads to the governor's desk for consideration.
"This practice is an abuse of the term therapy and it is abuse in no uncertain terms," said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, a gay rights organization that lobbied for the bill's passage. "Any attempt to take an immutable and fundamental aspect of a person's character and change it to suit someone else's will is selfish and often soul destroying for the victim. The legislation passed today will save lives; it will protect our youth; and it is vital that the Governor sign the bill as soon as possible."
Good work, New Jersey. Don't mess it up, Governor.