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More Right Wing Freakout Over Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

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Well, it’s official.  Gay-averse wankers from the right are suing the state of New Jersey to be allowed to mentally torture gay youths in an effort to make them hate themselves enough to pretend they’re not attractive to people of the same sex.

Days after Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) signed into a law a ban on harmful ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors, conservative groups filed a federal suit challenging the law on Thursday.

Predictably, the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel and NARTH (a professional organization for ex-gay profiteers), used the same dishonest arguments in their filing as they used in their still-unresolved challenge to a similar law in California.

What’s Happening Today Mon. 08/19/2013

Gay Conversion therapy: Governor Christie signs A3371, the conversion therapy ban, and New Jersey becomes the second state in the union to stop this abusive practice. He signed the bill, according to Garden State Equality, at the last possible moment, just hours before it would have become law with or without his signature. GSE “commends both houses of the legislature for passing this ban.” For more information on this good deed by Christie, see Rosi Efthim’s diary below.

Employment Data First the State gets an advance preview from the U. S. Bureau of Labor regarding regional and state employment and unemployment data. The State puts its spin on the matter. Shortly thereafter BLS posts more complete data for all states. We have already heard from the Christie administration on the July data. Today at 10:00am we will hear from BLS here, and here, and be able to compare our standing against other states.

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force Report: 10:00am, release of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Strategy Report. New Jersey Future will have a statement on the report at about 11:00AM here.    

Environmental and conservation groups: 11:00am, press conference and lobby day to urge legislators to vote against a gruesome beaver-trapping bill (S2665). also urging legislators  to vote against Deer Baiting (S1848) and Bear poaching (S2369), Statehouse, Room 109, Trenton.

Red light Camera Program: 11:00am, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), who wants the program shut down, holds a news conference, the Doubletree Hotel, Tinton Falls.

Bruce Springsteen: NJ Spotlight presents today an excerpt from “BRUCE,” a comprehensive new biography by Peter Ames Carlin of the man known to rock fans worldwide simply by his first name — or by the honorific, “The Boss.”

Public Schedules:

Governor Christie: 10:00am, a re-election campaign announcement, Sweets & Cortaditos, Belleville.

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: 9:00am, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono: 2013 UAW Region 9 Leadership Conference, The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May. 

U. S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan: 7:15am, interview on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.

State Senate: 11:00am, Judiciary Committee, Statehouse Annex, to consider nominees, including three Superior court judges, and two bills; 2:00pm, Senate in session, Senate Chamber, 23 bills for consideration, including a shared-services bill and a plan to revamp the state’s economic development incentives.

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Chris Christie last-minute signs gay conversion therapy ban

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.

Troy Stevenson, Garden State Equality on NJ Today

Garden State Equality’s new Executive Director Troy Stevenson made an appearance on NJTV’s NJ Today program, covering questions on marriage equality, ‘gay conversion’ therapy and bullying:

Watch Garden State Equality Optimistic About Marriage Equality on PBS. See more from NJToday.

I should probably let you know I’m a member of the Garden State Equality Board, and I should probably also tell you I’d be posting this even if I wasn’t.

Gay conversion therapy: Now a NJ gov race issue. And it should be.

Just a few minutes ago, a Christie spokesman released a statement following a Philadelphia Inquirer story, that the governor “does not believe in conversion therapy,” and that sexual orientation is determined at birth. It took him all day to come up with that. And he didn’t pipe up until reporter Matt Katz wrote up opponent Barbara Buono’s very clear opinion on “gay conversion” and the NJ bill that would ban it. Christie still won’t say whether he will sign the gay conversion ban until he sees the bill in its final form.

Buono needed no mulling time, or to check what she should say with big-dollar funders. Yesterday:

This week, I heard powerful testimony from one teenager who said, “I am not broken, I am not confused, and I do not need to be fixed.” I’m proud to cosponsor legislation in the Senate that would ban the practice of “conversion therapy” amongst homosexual youth. It’s an egregious practice and quite honestly – child abuse.

Christie’s position this week (till 4:40pm) was that he wasn’t sure if he’d sign a bill to ban the practice of using ‘therapies’ to turn a gay child into a straight child. A friend put it better than I could: One candidate opposes this repugnant practice. One candidate claims to be unsure. So yes, this is now an issue.

Yesterday, Christie said he “didn’t know much about” the practice. Buono, apparently better educated on at least this civil rights issue, said she “couldn’t believe the stunning level of ignorance that that statement showed.” And yeah, the info’s pretty available, Governor. The American Psychological Association sure doesn’t seem like a fan. Ditto World Health Organization. And homosexuality was removed from the DSM – 40 years ago. In fact, among the only people that still want to treat gay young people as damaged goods needing to be “fixed” are precisely the kind of self-professed religious folks who write checks to candidates like Christie. You can see his dilemma. Gov, start here: “I am not broken. I am not confused. I don’t need to be fixed.” Or here.

Gay young people describe it as “torture,” “humiliating” and “cruel”. So, let it be an issue for both candidates. And for all of us who take responsibility to respect and care for all our kids.

Steve Sweeney’s comment, below the fold: