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