Liberty Counsel is preparing a lawsuit it hopes will force New Jersey to answer in court for prohibiting parents and counselors from obtaining or providing “reparative therapy” for people with same-gender attractions.
“Think about the hypocrisy of this. [New Jersey Governor] Chris Christie signs a bill banning gay-conversion therapy. So he is saying it’s illegal and wrong to try to change the orientation of a person from gay to straight – but [in Oregon] you have people who are trying to change and convert people from heterosexual to the homosexual agenda. Apparently that kind of ‘rehabilitation’ is okay.”
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NJ Governor Chris Christie signed the bill on Monday banning the therapy, saying he believes homosexuals are born that way, although there is no scientific evidence to that effect; and that he believes homosexual sin is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the Republican governor also noted he is relying on the advice of “experts.”
“What he's referring to is the American Psychological Association 2009 Task Force report that the legislature cited as support for this particular law,” Staver explains. “But the problem is that that report actually says that there is evidence of benefit of change therapy and there's no research at all with regards to minors.”
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So Staver says that is essentially no evidence or expert testimony upon which to rely. He adds the law will damage children.
“This law will say to children and their parents that if you've been molested by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky and you begin having anger problems and develop unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, you're not going to be able to seek the kind of counsel that you want,” says the attorney. “The counsel that you'll receive is that this kind of reaction is natural, normal, and good – and you just need to go with it.”
But if a person rejects that thinking, or wants their orientation to reflect their religious values, counseling toward that end is illegal in New Jersey.
Christie ‘no friend of free speech’Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit against a nearly identical bill in California and obtained a preliminary injunction that has put that law on hold because of its restrictions on religious freedom and free speech.
According to PJI president Brad Dacus, one of the major flaws in the New Jersey bill – as with the one in California – is that it isn’t based on scientific outcomes but on pressure from LGBT activists.
“The question here isn’t if sexuality comes from birth or not; the question is ‘Should we allow the government to restrict religious and constitutional freedoms because a forceful LGBT lobby says we should?’ The answer to that question is a resounding ‘No.’”
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PJI expects more legal challenges to the New Jersey bill that could delay its implementation for months.