Gov. Christie just got in front of the parade about to pass him by to lead it. And that’s fine; however good legislation makes daylight, particularly when it comes to doing the right thing by young people, we’ll take it.
Chris Christie just signed the conversion therapy ban (A3371/S2278), at about the last possible minute, just hours before it would have become law without his signature. And that makes New Jersey just the second state in the U.S. to ban the practice of telling young gay people that something’s broken in them, and they need “repairing”.
Every medical and mental health organization in the United States has issued a statement condemning the use of reparative therapy. It’s quackery. In June, both houses of the NJ Legislature passed the ban sponsored and championed by Assemblyman Tim Eustace and Senator Raymond Lesniak. And both votes were by bipartisan supermajority.
In a signing note accompanying the bill, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith. I hope he applies that sensibility soon when it comes to recognizing the rights of gay couples to commit their love in marriage.
New Jersey’s law will likely be the first active ban on the practice. California’s law is being challenged in court by right-wing legal groups.