Reparative therapy in the crosshairs in NJ

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Lawmakers in New Jersey could vote to ban therapy for young people with gender-identity problems - and if it passes, it will be challenged.

The New Jersey Assembly has passed - and the Senate is to consider, perhaps as early as this week - legislation that bans reparative therapy for homosexual and lesbian youth so that they are attracted to the opposite gender. According to the bill, "potential risks" of such therapy are "great ... since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient."

Quinlan, Greg (NJ Family First)Greg Quinlan of New Jersey Family First tells OneNewsNow that supporters of the ban brought forward no peer-reviewed studies to prove the therapy is harmful. "In fact, there was testimony by licensed therapists and people who have gone through the therapy as adults and as teenagers who say that it's good. It saved their lives," he shares.

Quinlan says under the measure, "anti-gay therapy," as the media describes it, would be forbidden even for children who want to change. "Parents have the right to guide and direct their children," he says. "Parents are a gift from God, not the government; and this invasion into parental rights is just ridiculous."

The New Jersey family advocate notes that another consideration is Christians who believe all things are possible through Christ - including changing same-gender attraction.

"This rapes faith and that's what we see happening now in the United States of America," Quinlan laments. "The leftist progressives - whatever you want to call them - are an anti-Christian movement to destroy the United States Constitution, which is a Christian document."

It is unclear yet whether Governor Chris Christie will sign the bill, but if he does Quinlan expects it to be challenged.

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